Oprah Winfrey Says Russell Simmons Tried to Pressure Her over Her Involvement in the Accuser Doc

Oprah Winfrey admits that Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons pressured her.

Oprah Winfrey reveals that Russell Simmons pressured her over the tell-all documentary she was producing for Apple TV+ accusing him of sexual misconduct.

This revelation comes just days after the media mogul, considered one of the most influential women in the world, withdrew from the self-same project before its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival which will take place from January 23 to February  2, 2020.

Among Russell Simmon's accusers are Tina Baker, Sherri Hines, Jennifer Jarosik, Jenny Lumet, Sil Lai Abrams

Oprah Winfrey announces collaboration with at Apple TV+ in Cupertino, California in 2019/ Source: Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey announces collaboration with at Apple TV+ in Cupertino, California in 2019/ Source: Getty Images


In the course of her work on the exposé, titled “On the Record,” Oprah revealed, Simmons, whom she knew personally, had contacted her several times.

His aim was to persuade the media mogul to drop the documentary and deprive it of the credibility her involvement brings to the projects she embraces. Oprah said:

“He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me.”


Oprah has stated that her withdrawal from the project is not due to Simmons' pressure but to the fact that although she believes the victims, some inconsistencies merited further investigation.

The film's producers disagreed with Oprah and refused to delay the documentary's premiere. They decided to stick to the announced schedule and showcase "On the Record" at Sundance.

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#Repost @unclerush when documentary was announced.. 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. Your doc is focused 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, i have even been unconsciously callous , 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 Love you

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“On the Record” directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering expressed their disappointment at Oprah's withdrawal from the project and stated that their first duty was to the victims who had sacrificed so much by coming forward and telling their story publicly.

"On the Record" is now the third documentary centering on sexual abuse by a black music industry figure to premiere in recent times to explosive effect, following "Surviving R.Kelly" and "Leaving Neverland."

"Leaving Neverland," which aired the claims of two men who said that they had been sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children, lost all credibility when inconsistencies in the timeline of one of the alleged victim's stories were detected.

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Def Jam Recordings co-founder and respected film producer Russell Simmons joins the list of powerful men who have been accused of using their position and influence to coerce women into unwanted sexual encounters.

Simmons is being accused by several women, one of which is former music recording executive Drew Dixon.

Simmons has posted statements in which he asserts that he has never had a sexual encounter which was not consensual, but the list of women who claim otherwise is growing.

Among Russell Simmon's accusers are Tina Baker, Sherri Hines, Jennifer Jarosik, Jenny Lumet, Sil Lai Abrams, and Amanda Seales.

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