A 2nd Woman Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Assault

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A 2nd Woman Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Assault

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A 2nd Woman Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Assault

It seems like we can't go a day without reading a headline (or twelve) about a male Hollywood actor or entertainment executive being accused of sexual assault.  

Unfortunately, the list of allegations keeps growing, with Russell Simmons being the latest star to join this not-so-great club. 

Click through for the rundown on all of the accusations percolating around Tinseltown's most powerful men, and keep checking back for more (ugh).

A 2nd Woman Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Assault
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Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein

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Is Harvey the one who started it all? Upwards of 80 women, including A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have accused The Weinstein Company exec of sexual harassment in incidents stemming back "decades."

He's since been fired from the production company that bears his name, and his wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, has filed for separation.

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Ben Affleck

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After the Batman star released a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein's behavior, two women came forward with their own sexual assault claims against Ben; Former TRL host Hilarie Burton, who said Ben "tweaked my left boob" in the early 2000s, and makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, who claimed the father of three "grabbed my ass" at a Golden Globes party in 2014.

Jennifer Garner's ex didn't exactly deny the allegations, saying in a statement he is "looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”

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Louis C.K

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In not-at-all-funny news, the comedian has been accused by 5 women of sexual misconduct, which includes masturbating in front of them, the New York Times reports.

The incidents date back to 2003 and 2005.

As a result, the NYC premiere of Louis's new film, I Love You Daddy, has been canceled, and the movie will no longer be released.

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Kevin Spacey

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Kevin Spacey

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Child actor Anthony Rapp was the first to accuse the movie vet of sexual abuse, claiming he came onto him in 1986 in Kevin's apartment when Anthony was just 14 years old.

The Buzzfeed story then led to Kevin's official statement coming out as gay.

Ever since, another 13 victims, all male, have come forward with claims the actor abused, assaulted, or attempted to rape them.

The 58-year-old has since been fired from Netflix's House of Cards.

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Ed Westwick

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Two actresses have accused the 30-year-old Gossip Girl star of raping them on two separate occasions in 2014.

However, Ed maintains his innocence, saying both women's stories are "provably untrue."

In the wake of the headlines, the British star's thriller, Ordeal by Innocence, has been pulled by BBC.

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George H.W Bush

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Six women have accused the former United States president of touching them inappropriately from behind and telling dirty jokes while taking photos.

Actress Heather Lind was the first to come forward, recalling a 2014 incident in which he did so with his wife, Barbara Bush, present.

Roslyn Corrigan later told her story to TIME, saying the president groped her while they too posed for a photo together in 2003 when she was just 16.

The 93-year-old has since publicly apologized to the women he's offended.

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Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor is leaving Transparent following the sexual harassment allegations against him. 

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said on Sunday, November 19. 

“What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”

Two women, including his former assistant, claimed the star acted inappropriately towards them.

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” he continued. 

“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”


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Jeremy Piven

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Actresses Ariane Bellamar and Cassidy Freeman came forward insisting Jeremy forced himself on them and groped them in two separate occasions dating back a few years.

Later, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby recalled a similar instance that allegedly took place at Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City in 2003 in which he "pinned her down" and ejaculated on her.

The Entourage star insists these scenarios "simply did not happen," and has even agreed to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.

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Brett Ratner

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Actress Natasha Henstridge came forward in an article in the L.A. Times insisting the filmmaker "physically forced himself on me" in the early '90s.

In the same article, four other women tell their similar tales of unwanted sexual encounters with Brett that "allegedly took place in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events."

Olivia Munn later recalled a similar account from 2004 in which she showed up to Brett's trailer to deliver food, only to find him in a compromising situation.

"He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other," she said. "And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated."

As a result, Brett has chosen to "step away from all Warner Bros-related activities" until his personal matters are resolved.

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Dustin Hoffman

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In a first-person account published on The Hollywood Reporter, production assistant Anna Graham Hunter detailed an incident in which Dustin allegedly grabbed her and used sexually explicit language while on the set of his 1985 film, The Death of a Salesman

She was only 17 years old at the time.

Playwright Wendy Riss Gatsiounis said Dustin sexually harassed her as well in 1991.

His response? 

“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable position,” he told THR. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

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Steven Seagal

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Four famous women — including Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi — have accused the Hollywood exec of acting inappropriately with them during movie auditions.

Ellen DeGeneres's wife tweeted, "He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants." 

Jenny then came forward, saying Steven asked her to take her clothes off for a role that required no nudity during her 1995 audition for Under Seige 2.

Steven's camp has yet to address the allegations.


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Russell Simmons

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The co-founder of Def Jam Recordings is being accused of sexual assault and, according to the Los Angeles Times, Brett Ratner was also involved. 

The article reports model Keri Claussen Khalighi accused the 60-year-old of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 1991. She also claimed Brett watched the encounter. 

Russ released a statement on Sunday, November 19 and denied Keri’s claims. 

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being," he shared, before eventually stepping down from his role at the record label.

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His accuser says he's apologized to her

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His accuser says he's apologized to her

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Keri Claussen Khalighi recently revealed Russell Simmons apologized for reportedly assaulting her in 1991. 

“Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation about what happened, we’ve had phone conversations where there was no dispute about what we were talking about. And he actually apologized,” the 43-year-old told Megyn Kelly, 

“Part of what’s so confusing and re-traumatizing is that what he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different from what’s come out publicly.” 

She continued, ”That’s the piece that’s been, quite honestly, repugnant with hypocrisy and the lies and the denial.”

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Another woman comes forward against Russell

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Now, after the mogul stepped down from his role at Def Jam, a second woman, screenwriter Jenny Lumet, has come forward insisting Russell made unwanted sexual advances towards her after a night out in 1999 and "there was penetration" involved.

Read her full retelling of the night HERE.

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It seems like we can't go a day without reading a headline (or twelve) about a male Hollywood actor or entertainment executive being accused of sexual assault.  

Unfortunately, the list of allegations keeps growing, with Russell Simmons being the latest star to join this not-so-great club. 

Click through for the rundown on all of the accusations percolating around Tinseltown's most powerful men, and keep checking back for more (ugh).