Oprah Claims She Was Pressured By Russell Simmons To Back Out Of Sexual Abuse Documentary

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According to Oprah, hip-hop mogul and former friend  Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her to drop her involvement in an upcoming Apple documentary that will focus on the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The TV host and filmmaker announced January 10th that she would be pulling out of the project, a decision that was met with shock from all involved in the film.

Winfrey told the New York Times that Russell reached out to her multiple times, requesting that she withdraw support for the damning doc.

“He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me,” the media mogul admitted to the publication on Friday.

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Despite Winfrey’s support of the accusers, she ultimately decided to step away from the film, noting the inconsistencies in the accusers Drew Dixon’s account of the assault. This move left Dixon shocked.

“I feel like I’m experiencing a second crime. I am being silenced. The broader community is being intimidated. The most powerful black woman in the world is being intimidated,” Dixon expressed. She has accused Simmons of raping her in 1995 while she was an executive at Def Jam.

The film has also been pulled from Apple.

A representative for Simmons defended the calls made to Winfrey in a statement to The Insider.

“If defending himself against terrible accusations is considered intimidation, then there would be no justice.”

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