The allegations by Khalighi surfaced in the article published by the Los Angeles Times Sunday in which Khalighi says she had gone to dinner with Simmons and Brett Ratner in NY back in 1991. After dinner one night in 1991, they took her back to Simmons' apartment, ostensibly to show her a music video they had been working on, she told the Times.
Khalighi said once in the apartment, Simmons became sexually aggressive, yanking off her clothes.
Keri Claussen Khalighi told the LA Times the incident happened in 1991 after she met Ratner and Simmons at a casting call in NY. "In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together". Once there, she alleges Simmons assaulted her in Ratner's presence, coercing her into oral sex, and then assaulted her again in the shower afterward.
"It hurt so much", Khalighi recalled, saying she told three of her friends who have all corroborated her story to The Times.
"I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced", Simmons said in a statement.
However, Simmons' attorney Brad D. Rose said that the apology was in the "context for the embarrassment and upheaval the weekend caused her" related to her "infidelity". She disputes that account.
A former model has come forward to claim she was forced to have sex with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons when she was just 17. He added, "Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being", Simmons wrote.
Ratner, who had previously been accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women, denied Khalighi's claims, telling LA Times he had "no recollection" of her asking him for help.
Khalighi claims she's run into Simmons on multiple occasions since then, and he's been remorseful about the incident - which he also denies. He also said that most of the two days and one night he spent with her was in a group setting. Simmons has responded to allegations, which were reported in the Los Angeles Times, in a Facebook post. He called her and they spoke for 27 minutes, phone records reviewed by the Times reveal.
Khalighi claimed she confronted both men at separate times about the alleged incident and that they apologized for their actions.
"Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri's full participation", the statement reads in part.