Sexgate: Russell Simmons now realizes it’s not cool to be a “playboy”

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Russell Simmons and one of his model girlfriends. Apparently his “playboy” days are over…

According to WhosDatedWho, the 60-year-old Simmons has had 22 relationships, mostly with much younger models. I’m sure his “intent” with all 22 women was “playful.”

From Hollywood Reporter: Russell Simmons, a prolific music and TV producer and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, was accused of sexual assault and harassment by model Keri Claussen Khalighi in a Nov. 19 article in the Los Angeles Times. Simmons, who denied the claim to the Times, is now elaborating on the incident in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, which can be read in full below.

Humanity is going through a powerful and wrenching shift of consciousness that I believe will ultimately lead to a mass awakening in all humankind.

Like all lasting change, this transition is filled with painful disruption and confrontation against an entrenched system. It may sound odd to some that I am encouraged about this time in our history, but I am. The daily news detailing the growing number of experiences of women being victimized are being brought to the light. I do not doubt that the vast majority of the allegations these brave survivors are sharing are true and dignified. I see their stories giving a voice to the voiceless, which has been the central theme of my life’s journey.

I also know from recent painful personal experience that some recollections can be cast in a light away from the actual facts.

In my case, three witnesses [Anthony McNair and two anonymous witnesses] have signed statements that our experiences that weekend with Keri Claussen Khalighi 26 years ago were consensual. My longtime loathing of any form of violence and abuse has been woven into all of my personal interactions, as most who know me will attest.

In our meeting many years later, and subsequent conversations, Keri never accused me of what she has said publicly. She insisted I was not violent. She did tell me her boyfriend and many others found out about our long weekend together and she said she was ashamed by that discovery. I am sorry for the embarrassment she recounted to me.

I have made choices that have offended some of the women in my life. It’s not cool to be a playboy and a new consciousness understands this. Now, as I hear these voices, I do as well. Though never abusive in any way, my remarks were often cavalier and thoughtless, and for this I am humbled. I am a work in progress. I am human. The fact that I come from the world of music or a specific place or generation justifies nothing.

That has been an ongoing deep transition in my life. As a yogi I believe intent is very important. My intent always came from a joyful, playful place. I can sleep at night because I know who I am. And I know who I was. I never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life. I would never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone. For any women from my past who I may have offended, I sincerely apologize. I am still evolving.

As the dialogue progresses, let’s not lose sight of what’s truly happening, a shift in power and all that entails. I want that shift. It must lead to a space where women and also men can heal, even if it means attacking me. I remain an activist for women’s rights and all things unjust. This is my life’s work and journey, and God knows my heart. To all the #MeToo campaigns and women around the world, I support your healing and will continue to be an honest and imperfect advocate for the voiceless (including animals) and humanity as a whole.


9 responses to “Sexgate: Russell Simmons now realizes it’s not cool to be a “playboy”

  1. “……and God knows my heart….” Wow. God may know your heart but I am quit sure you do not know God’s heart in any way shape or form. Adultery is adultery is adultery and the “Thou shalt not commit adultery” is one of the ten commandments. I pray Mr. Simmons, that you do come to a saving grace in the Lord Jesus Christ before you draw your last breath. Right now it just sounds like you only have good intentions. There is a saying that goes like this — “The road to hades is paved with good intentions.” Paying for our personal sins is not pleasant. In fact it should take us to our knees every day for the rest of our lives, humbling us to continually ask for his forgiveness in our sins of omission as well as our sins of commission. Always seeking to draw closer to God Almighty and his Son, Jesus Christ. May the Lord have mercy.

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    • MA in MO I like your words. I tell myself c’mon people deserve a second chance! but when I see someone knowingly committing an offense time and again asking for redemption and forgiveness is not because he means it, it just is to lessen the burden caused. Please, don’t think I am cruel, I am very compassionate and when I see young, attractive women seeking relationships with powerful, older man get abused or loosing their life, it is their own dam fault for falling prey to their own ambitions, remember today everything has a price and money talks.

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  2. Prostitutes…..nothing too see here, according to the article Simmons penetrated the woman from behind while she was showering. That begs the question that nobody is asking! Why was the young lady in question showering in front of him in the first place? Regardless, wealthy men are targets for unscrupulous women. As much as I dislike Russell and believe you me I do, he doesn’t strike me as being a rapist. That woman was in a swanky NYC apartment with 2 wealthy men, showering??? Why?

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  3. This manufactured controversy has reached ridiculous proportions. As I’ve said many times, I don’t watch much TV, if any. My wife often has it on and I can’t help but wander past it from time to time.

    The other night they were actually arguing that it was OK for Al Franken to grope women, but not others (read Trump supporters), because they had impure intent. This sounded like a SNL skit, but they meant it to be serious.

    I can only think that one of the intentions here is to further reduce people’s ability to reason. Morality should not depend on who one is. Oddly, I don’t find it difficult to avoid being alone in rooms with strange women who are showering. Does anyone else have a problem with this?

    To be honest, I try to mind my own business. If women offer themselves to men like these I don’t see that they have much to complain about. If they are “taken” against their will they should file charges.

    The human race has been around for quite some time now. Most of the rules and suggestions for sexual conduct haven’t changed much over time. They also seem to be effective. There is a vast difference between some man forcing a women to engage in activity she doesn’t want and encouraging such behavior and complaining about it later. Most women know they can make lots of money as whores but they refrain from pursuing that line of work.

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  4. It’s very basic. It IS cool to be a Playboy-until you get in trouble doing it-THEN it’s NOT cool anymore. It’s like driving FAST-it’s FUN-until you get busted-THEN it pretty well SUCKS!

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  5. Dude probably had a lot of models give him head especially during his hip hop days; and we all know that Yogi leave to plant their seed in women, which I’m sure he is still doing. But Keri knew she had to put out maybe she wanted to to pull down Russell’s zipper and give head without being told too….


  6. Kevin J Lankford

    Being a playboy ‘toy’ really ain’t cool. Really very sad, especially to some one whose only talent is babbling confrontational nonsense to same old tired rhythm.

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