Model Keri Claussen Khalighi Accuses Russell Simmons Of Sexual Misconduct

Interview Keri Claussen Khalighi spoke with Megyn Kelly Today on Wednesday and said that Russell Simmons apologized after sexually assaulting her in 1991

Just a few days after reports resurfaced that Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner assaulted Keri Claussen Khalighi, the former model opened up to Megyn Kelly to share additional parts of the story.

She told Kelly that the fact she stayed after the initial assault is "really important to talk about".

During a live interview from her Los Angeles' home, Khalighi told the NBC morning show host Kelly, "Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation about what happened, we've had phone conversations where there was no dispute about what we were taking about".

Duo The then-17-year-old model claimed lats week that Simmons forced her into oral sex while Brett Ratner watched and then raped her in the shower

'I didn't run out.

Keri explains she is only speaking out now because she's finally found the strength to join the hundreds of other women who have made similar allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in the entertainment industry following the downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged behavior as a serial sexual predator was first exposed in a New York Times article in early October (17).

The retired model acknowledges she didn't immediately flee the apartment at the time of the alleged attack because she "froze" in fear and tried to "normalise what was an incredibly hard-to-process situation".

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"In my case, three witnesses [Anthony McNair and two anonymous witnesses] have signed statements that our experiences that weekend with Keri Claussen Khalighi 26 years ago were consensual", wrote Simmons linking to the referenced statements. "I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend".

Simmons has not responded to Khalighi's latest accusations.

"I never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life. I am still evolving". In it, he reiterates that what happened with Khalighi was consensual.

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'As the video was playing, Russell came over and started making advances and at the time, I thought it was a joke and it became increasingly apparent that it wasn't a joke and he continued his advances and I looked over at Brett at that point for help, and I will never forget the look on his face, ' said the model, who now married and expecting her third child on Monday.

Ratner has not commented publicly on Khalighi's latest comments. At least 14 women have come forward, with actress Olivia Munn telling the Times in a November 1 report that Ratner masturbated in front of her on the set of one of his movies in 2004.

Ratner meanwhile has denied all of Kalighi's claims through his attorney.

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