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Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexual Battery In 2001, Releases Statement

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All of Brett Ratner’s dirty laundry is being dug up in the wake of recent sexual harassment claims including a past incident involving good pal Russell Simmons.

According to Variety, back in 2001 both Simmons and Ratner were probed by the Beverly Hills Police Department following accusations made by a 29-year-old model who claimed the two men held her against her will and both touched her unlawfully.

The alleged victim claimed the incident happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. at Ratner’s home. She arrived at the police department shortly before 4:45 a.m. It was decided in 2002 that Ratner and Simmons wouldn’t face charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Ratner’s criminal attorney, Harland Braun told the outlet that the men cooperated with police throughout the entire investigation and later claimed the woman had a “checkered history.”

Simmons has now come forward to speak about the incident saying the claims are untrue.

“This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.”

Meanwhile Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by six women including actress Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge and a former employee of Endeavor Talent Agency, who is now facing a defamation suit by Ratner and his legal team.

Earlier today, actress Ellen Page also accused the Rush Hour 2 director of sexually harassing her during her time on the set of his film, X Men: The Last Stand. Page also claimed Ratner essentially outed her as a lesbian.

“You should f**k her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” she said in a Facebook post. “I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should f**k her to make her realize she’s gay.”

 

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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