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Music producer and businessman Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old model in his New York City apartment in 1991, while director Brett Ratner allegedly watched.

The incident allegedly occurred in NY in 1991, after the then-17-year-old had dinner with Simmons.

Keri Claussen Khalighi, now 43, told the Los Angeles Times that the alleged incident took place at Simmons' apartment in NY in 1991. Khalighi states that Simmons began ripping off her clothes and she looked to Brett Ratner for help and he did nothing. More than anything, I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment.

Khalighi said she succumbed to performing the oral sex after she fought him "wildly" after he tried to force her into having penetrative sex with him.

But that was not the end of the alleged ordeal.

At that point she said she felt "disgusting" and went to take a shower. She forced him to leave. She said she jerked away, then he left.

Khalighi alleged that she turned to Ratner for assistance.

Simmons was accused of sexual assault by a model named Keri Claussen Khalighi. She told the Times that he walked up behind her and inserted himself into her without her consent.

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Khalighi also said she discussed the 1991 run-in with Ratner when she saw him one night in L.A. 15 years ago. "I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being". A previous Times piece from November 1 also detailed the claims of six others. "Let me be crystal clear and very direct".

In a statement to the newspaper, Simmons said all of his interactions with Khalighi were consensual, saying "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend". "Abusing women in any way, shape or form violates the very core of my being". Ratner's attorney Martin Singer said that Ratner had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking for help, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women's issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women's equality. Two are anonymous, while the third is from Simmons' former assistant Anthony "Mac" McNair.

"He said he was young and stupid and blinded by Russell's sway over him", she said.


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