The groundswell of allegations against Hollywood sexual abusers continues, and now, sickening patterns are coming to light. Earlier this month, director and producer Brett Ratner was accused of sexually assaulting six women, a claim he stringently denied. He even went so far as to sue one of his accusers for libel.
Now, the Los Angeles Times has published a horrifying report alleging that Ratner not only assaulted women, he helped others do the same, especially Def Jam Recordings mogul, Russell Simmons.
Ratner met Simmons in the late 1980s when he was a film student at New York University.
Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons in St. Barts, 1998. Both are now accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.… https://t.co/Yn9CGecExl— Lauren Greenfield (@Lauren Greenfield)1511197706.0
In fact, Ratner and Simmons became so close, Simmons once told "Vanity Fair," "He's my son, all right."Simmons is not the only iffy Hollywood figure to say this of Ratner. Robert Evans, the legendary producer who greenlit Chinatown, The Godfather, and Rosemary's Baby, but was convicted of cocaine trafficking and was a person of interest in the notorious Cotton Club murder also acknowledged a special relationship with the director. "I was his Hollywood father," Evans said to Vanity Fair. "I don't know whether I should be proud of that or not."
In fact, it seems Ratner had a pattern of aligning himself with predatory older, powerful men.
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But Rather was especially close with Simmons, and now, it seems, he had a pattern of sharing extremely-young women with him.
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Once they got in the apartment, Khalighi alleges that Simmons immediately started ripping her clothes off. Frightened, she looked over to Ratner.
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Simmons tried to rape the young model, but she fought fiercely.
Afterwards, she took shower to wash off her disgust, and that was when Simmons pounced again.He penetrated her until she jerked away. "It hurt so much," she said. Again, she was only 17 at the time, and Simmons was in his early 30s at the time – twice her age.
Simmons put out a statement via his lawyer disputing the claim.
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Many people aren't buying Simmons' denials. He has, after all, had a long history of modelizing – primarily dating only models.Even more telling, he has had a pattern of going after very young models. In fact, his former wife, Kimora Lee, was "16 or 17" – this is according to a Vanity Fair article – when he first started
Vanity Fair is not the only publication to document Simmons' predations. Playboy also documented some of it.
When Terry Crews began a sexual assault case against his groper, Simmons sent him an email asking him to let it go.
Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @WME: Dear @UncleRUSH——… https://t.co/Gpd3NU3SVm— terry crews (@terry crews)1511106902.0