One weekend in 1991, the Def Jam Recordings founder, then 34, reportedly assaulted her while she was just 17 years old. "That's the piece that's been, quite honestly, repugnant with hypocrisy and the lies and the denial". "I looked over at Brett and asked for help because I thought we were friends".
"Part of what's so confusing and re-traumatizing is what he's speaking about privately with me is completely different than what's come out publicly", Khalighi continued.
"After the oral sex part of the story, I stayed", she explained, revisiting the details of the incident. Simmons and Ratner, she said, after meeting her, invited her to Simmons' apartment on the pretext of seeing a music video they had produced.
"I was frozen", she told Kelly.
In a new interview on Megyn Kelly Today, Khalighi, now 43, opened up about how the hip-hop pioneer and social-justice activist previously apologized to her for the 1991 assault, initially reported by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.
Khalighi said that after it was over, she went to take a shower, where Simmons penetrated her without her consent.
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"Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of WME", Crews tweeted, before including Simmons' Twitter handle. "It was in that moment that I realized, 'I think this was their plan all along.' There was no help that was going to come". [Victims don't always follow] a cut-and-dried, black-and-white storyline.I've learned in a lot of the work I've done around this issue there's a whole spectrum, a variety of response of fight, flight or freeze. "We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized".
Khalighi said that she saw Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood a year ago, where he approached her and delivered a "really touching, remorseful apology" for his behavior.
Simmons, in a statement, said that the encounter was "completely consensual and with Keri's full participation".
Khalighi said she reached out to Simmons after the Times posted its November 1 story about Ratner and said she was considering telling her story. "I certainly froze. I did what I could to normalize what was an incredibly hard-to-process situation in the moment, as a 17-year-old".
Simmons has not commented publicly on Khalighi's appearance on "Megyn Kelly Today", and a request for comment from his attorneys was not immediately returned. "If I can use my experience to further this conversation and to facilitate change in any way, it might not be right now that we see the fruits of this labor. I am bound and determined to make this environment safer for my daughters and the sons and daughters of future generations".