Russell is implying that he is innocent of sexual battery back in 2011. Apparently, the Beverly Hills police department investigated the music mogul and social activist along with a producer Brett Ratner for allegedly assaulting a 29 year old woman who claims that the two men held her against her will and unlawfully touched her. However, prosecutors declined to press charges in the case, citing insufficient evidence and the alleged victim has not been identified.
According to police records, she came into the department to file a report at 4:45 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 3, 2001. She reported that the incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that morning at a home in the 1200 block of Benedict Canyon Drive. Ratner’s home is on the same block
Simmons is clapping backing and released a statement, saying,
This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.
Last week, Warner Bros. forced Ratner to vacate his office on the studio’s Burbank lot after the L.A. Times reported that six women had accused him of sexual misconduct.
True or not, the allegations against actor Kevin Spacey, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and others in the industry are giving sexual assault victims or as I like to say survivors the courage to come forward and that’s a good thing. But do you think the culture will change? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, twitter @JazD1