As Russell Simmons continues to deny allegations of rape and sexual misconduct brought against him, two of his accusers appeared on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today to detail what they say occurred.
One of the women, actress Natashia Williams-Blach, told Kelly she met the Def Jam co-founder while working on the movie How to Be a Player. Williams-Blach claims Simmons tried to force her to perform oral sex during a visit to his home in 1997. Eighteen years old at the time, Williams-Blach says she got away by insisting she needed to head back to her dorm to do school work.
“You realize you just escaped a minefield,” she said. “I went into an automatic, ‘You just gotta go. You got to get out.’”
According to singer Sherri Hines, she wasn’t as lucky as Williams-Blach. After meeting Simmons when she was also 18 years old, Hines alleges that Simmons pinned her down in his office and raped her.
“It happened so fast that the next thing I know, my pants were down and he was having his way,” she said.
“And then when he finished, I ran out of there and I left and I was crying and stood at the elevator for what felt like forever,” Hines continued.
“I couldn’t believe I was just violated like that and more so I felt embarrassed, I felt used, worthless.”
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