Russell Simmons pens open letter to Oprah Winfrey as it emerges that she’s producing a documentary featuring his accuser
Russell Simmons has written an open letter to Oprah Winfrey following reports that she’s producing a documentary featuring his accuser.
Earlier, 50 Cent slammed Oprah Winfrey and her best friend Gayle King for only creating documentaries that implicate Black men who were accused of sexual assault. He pointed out that she doesn’t do same for the White men accused of sexual assault and as a result, these White men walk free (read here). He shared a photo of Oprah Winfrey and Russell as he made this accusation.
Now, Russell has spoken up.
The media mogul shared a photo of himself and Oprah and wrote:
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. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? 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
A spate of women have accused media mogul, Russell Simmons of sexual harassment and rape but he has disputed the allegations of non-consensual sexual interactions.
“I vehemently deny all these allegations,” he told The New York Times at the time.
Written by Kartia Velino