Russell Simmons Calls out Oprah Winfrey over Upcoming Apple TV+ Documentary Featuring One of His Accusers
Russell Simmons penned a lengthy message for Oprah Winfrey in response to her upcoming documentary that shines the light on one of his accusers. Simmons allegedly sexual assaulted the woman featured in the film.
After 50 Cent blasted Oprah Winfrey for focusing her efforts in going after only Black men, one of whom is Russell Simmons, Simmons called out Winfrey for using one of his accusers in her upcoming documentary.
“Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money."
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Winfrey has tied up with Apple TV and filmmakers, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering to produce a documentary focusing on sexual assault in the music industry. The film is reportedly centered around the testimony of Drew Dixon, one of several women who accused Simmons of sexually assaulting her.
In response to Winfrey’s project, 50 Cent lashed out at his longtime nemesis and accused her of crucifying Black men. In an Instagram post, he expressed his disbelief over the talk show host’s obsession with going after people of her own color.
Aside from Simmons, 50 Cent mentioned Michael Jackson as one of the Black men Winfrey seemed to side against. She famously interviewed the late star’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck and earned flak for voicing out her support for their film, "Leaving Neverland." Wade and Safechuck detailed in the documentary how Jackson molested them when they were young boys.
With 50 Cent setting the tone, Simmons soon after responded with his own defense. His long message on Instagram accompanied a photo of him being interviewed by Winfrey during better times between them.
Simmons admits to being “a playboy” with a history of “an embarrassing number” of women and adds that he’s “guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society.”
At the beginning of his message, Simmons acknowledged the OWN founder’s contributions in his life that are too many to enumerate. He also reminded her of what he has given her – “the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book, “THE POWER OF NOW,” which he says they bonded over.
Having established what he viewed was a positive relationship between the two of them, Simmons then expressed his confusion over Winfrey’s decision to “single out” just him for her documentary.
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🤦♂️I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife
Simmons admits to being “a playboy” with a history of “an embarrassing number” of women and adds that he’s “guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society.” But he insists, “I have never been violent or forced myself on anyone.”
Simmons further questioned Winfrey’s use of three women for her documentary and reminded her that these women’s claims against him may not be used because they hurt people. He added that these 40-year-old claims are impossible to prove that they happened but that he has evidence to prove they didn’t happen.
“Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money,” he concluded.
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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. ... 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 us
News of Simmons alleged abusive sexual encounters first came to light when the New York Times released an expose in 2017 featuring several women with stories of sexual abuse in the hands of the record executive. One of these women was Dixon who features in Winfrey’s documentary.
Simmons has denied these claims and even mentioned in his recent message to Winfrey that he has passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests proving his innocence.