Oprah says Russell Simmons tried to pressure her into pulling her support from the #MeToo documentary about his accusers

Business Insider | 1/17/2020 | Connor Perrett
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Oprah Winfrey announced January 10 she had pulled out as an Executive Producer from "On the Record," a documentary about allegations against Russell Simmons.

A report from The New York Times says Winfrey was pressured by Simmons to pull her support as part of a campaign that also pressured his accusers.

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Winfrey said she had been particularly troubled with inconsistencies by one of Simmons' accusers.

The film is still slated to premiere on January 25 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Oprah Winfrey said Friday that she faced pressure by Russell Simmons to pull her support from "On the Record," the upcoming documentary slated to feature women who have accused the record executive of sexual assault, according to a report from The New York Times.

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Per the report, Simmons and his supporters partook in an intense effort to get the documentary pulled, which involved pressure on Winfrey and Simmons' accusers through social media. In at least one circumstance, an accuser's family member was contacted directly, The New York Times said.

"I told him directly in a phone call that I will not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film," Oprah told The New York Times. "I am only going to do what I believe to be the right thing."

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Winfrey said Simmons had contacted her "multiple times."

The television executive had spoken out in favor of the film previously and reportedly had to weigh her position as a role model for the African-American community and as a survivor of sexual assault in deciding to retract her support, The New York Times said.

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Winfrey had announced January 10 that she had pulled her support from the documentary, citing creative differences with its filmmakers, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick.

In relinquishing her role as executive producer, Winfrey said...
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