A Los Angeles Times report published Sunday features allegations by model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who says Russell Simmons forced her to have nonconsensual sex with him when she was 17. The report, which was written by Amy Kaufman, Daniel Miller and Victoria Kim, features a graphic, firsthand account by Khalighi of the alleged assault.
According to Khalighi, Simmons and Brett Ratner invited her to Simmons' apartment after a casting call and dinner.
"Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said," the report read. "'I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,' she recalled. 'In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.'"
Khalighi added that Simmons "coerced her to perform oral sex" as Ratner watched.
"Feeling 'disgusting,' Khalighi said she went to take a shower," the report continued. "Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left."
Simmons released a statement disputing Khalighi’s allegations and countering that Khalighi fully consented.
"Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation," Simmons statement provided to the Times read. "Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was with other people, or in public."
Simmons’ statement does not appear to dispute that Khalighi was 17 at the time. According to the California Civil Code, that would’ve legally made her a minor.
The California Civil Code provides the definition of a unlawful sexual intercourse as the following:
(a) Unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor. For the purposes of this section, a “minor” is a person under the age of 18 years and an “adult” is a person who is at least 18 years of age.
Ratner, who is facing several separate sexual assault claims, responded to the Times through his attorney Martin Singer, saying he had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking for help. Ratner also denied witnessing her protest Simmons' actions.
You can read the full report via the Los Angeles Times.