Russell Simmons, one of the big names to suffer a reputation hit following the beginning of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, responded to Oprah Winfrey’s new documentary which explored the allegations against him among others.
However, E! Online reports that Mr. Simmons wasn’t exactly pleased with her depiction of the claims. In an Instagram post on Friday, the 62-year-old entertainment industry mogul slammed the 65-year-old with a long message.
You can check out his post in the Instagram link below:
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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers, their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind
This comes at an especially pertinent time considering the filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick are gearing up to release a documentary touching on sexual assault and exploitation in the music industry claims a new report from Variety.
Reported first by the LA Times, the story is about an ex-music executive who struggles with going public with her story of assault at the hands of someone very powerful in the industry. Drew Dixon is the main subject of the movie.
Followers of the case know that Dixon used to work at Def Jams Recordings and was just one of the women who accused Mr. Simmons of sexual assault. As it was previously reported, the allegations against Russell came out in an essay in the New York Times back in 2017.
Russell denied all claims of non-consensual sex. In the post from the past, Mr. Simmons described the accusations as “horrific” and they “shocked” him at his core. The star described his interactions with women as consensual and never forcible.
Reportedly, Simmons wasn’t the only star to take shots at the new documentary either. In fact, 50 Cent, as well, another big name in the music industry, asked why Oprah chose to talk about just black men. Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, asked why she didn’t go after men like Harvey Weinstein or Jeffrey Epstein.
50 Cent claims the television mogul went after just black men, including Michael Jackson, Russell Simmons, and he also referred to the interview between Gayle King with R. Kelly.