Read Russell Simmons's Open Letter To Oprah Winfrey Over #MeToo Documentary
(AllHipHop News) Russell Simmons seems confused. The rap mogul is the centerpiece of a new documentary that plans to highlight allegations of sexual abuse in the music industry and Oprah Winfrey is the heavy behind it all.
An open letter to the billionaire businesswoman, Simmons appears to be perplexed and questions why she is backing a new documentary that will almost certainly disparage the business mogul.
Simmons owns his previous lifestyle but also highlights his efforts to exonerate himself from some of the damning accusations coming from three women. For example, he states he has taken and passed "nine 3-hour lie detector tests." Several women have come forth, accusing Simmons of sexual improprieties, but others have accused him of rape. He denies vehemently that he has forced anybody into intercourse.
Below, read Russell Simmons's letter to Oprah Winfrey in its original, unedited form.
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