Russell Simmons’ Lawyer Disputes Rape Accusation, Blasts ‘Disappointing’ THR Story

TheWrap | 6/29/2018 | Jon Levine
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Russell Simmons has blasted to The Hollywood Reporter over a lengthy story that detailed a rape accusation against him, calling it a “disappointing” story.

“The Hollywood Reporter published an article despite material facts and witness statements shared with them that contradict Ms. Abrams’ account, all of which were omitted from the story. These documents include a declaration, sworn under oath, by someone who spoke with Ms. Abrams the day after her sexual encounter with Mr. Simmons and described it as consensual,” said Simmons’ lawyer Patricia Glaser in a statement to TheWrap.

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“NBC said its news department had enlisted seasoned investigative journalists to assist Reid and that certain aspects of the story did not meet its standards. It’s disappointing, to say the least, that THR didn’t adhere to the same standards.”

On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter published a lengthy account of Sil Lai Abrams, a woman who said in 1994, Simmons raped her in his home while she was intoxicated.

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“By Abrams’ account, she never imagined that Simmons presented a threat or that he might force himself on a woman. But as she drifted in and out of awareness, she says, she opened her eyes and saw him approaching, naked...
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