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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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