Sil Lai Abrams, an author, and journalist, recently accused Russell Simmons and AJ Calloway of sexual assault. Russell is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and AJ is the host of Extra, as well as the former host of BET’s 106 & Park.
During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Abrams claims that Russel raped her in 1994 and Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006. The incidents, twelve years apart, were the cause of much emotional pain, including suicidal ideation and depression.
In her book, No More Drama: Nine Simple Steps, Abrams tells the story of sexual assault for the first time but changed the names of the men in the stories.
According to the journalist, at the time of the assault, she and Russell were just friends. But one night, after drinking and partying, Russell’s driver took her to his home.
— Sil Lai Abrams (@Sil_Lai) June 28, 2018
She told Russell to his face that she didn’t want to have sex, but he allegedly flipped her over onto her stomach, pulled her shorts down, and raped her.
Simmons supposedly told her she had to leave after because he had another woman coming to his house. According to the journalist, Russell saw her a few years later and apologized for it, adding that he was a “different person now.”
The Def Jam Recordings founder supposedly apologized, but his representatives denied the allegations. Regarding Mr. Calloway, Abrams claims AJ made several unwanted sexual advances toward her including fondling her breasts and “pulling his penis out” in 2006.
Carol Ingram, a friend of the journalist, corroborated the story and claims he grabbed and kissed her, before grabbing her hand and masturbating himself with it.
The authorities arrested Mr. Calloway for forcible touching and “attempted sexual misconduct” but eventually dropped the charges because they were too old, surpassing the statute of limitations.
Calloway’s attorney said they were false when she first made them, and they’re false now. His lawyer added that the police dropped the charges and dismissed the case entirely in November 2007. Afterward, the court sealed the records and they aren’t available anymore.