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Russell Simmons Joins 50 Cent In Calling Out Oprah Over MeToo Documentary

Russell Simmons has joined 50 Cent in calling out Oprah over her new #MeToo documentary on the record label exec.

If you thought Russell Simmons would take Oprah Winfrey’s new Me Too documentary lying down, you obviously don’t know the music executive very well. It was reported last week that together with filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, Oprah will be producing a documentary for AppleTV+ that will focus on sexual assault within the music industry. It will follow former Def Jam Recordings employee, Drew Dixon, who was one of six women to accuse Simmons of rape in 2017. At the time, the music label co-founder denied the allegations of rape, and seven others of sexual assault, saying all his encounters had been consensual, and he was shocked by the claims.

Simmons has once again taken to social media, this time regarding the documentary, which is scheduled for release on the streaming service next year. Addressing the television show host, Simmons said he found it concerning that Oprah chose to single him out.

“I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what I have shared,” he wrote alongside a photo of the pair. “I have taken and passed nine three-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 two of your three 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 never been violent or forced myself on anyone.”

Someone else seemingly in Russell’s corner (or maybe just anti-Oprah) is 50 Cent.

50 Cent wrote on Instagram, “I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal Jackson and Russell Simmons, this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal Jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts. These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”

The post followed one about Harvey Weinstein’s $25 million settlement deal in which he stated that it seemed to him that the whole thing was a money grab.

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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

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