“I’m Going to Stand by My Family”: Angela Simmons Addresses Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary About Sexual Harassment, Rape Allegations Made Against Uncle Russell Simmons

The reality star is standing by her family.

The documentary about Russell Simmons hasn’t even seen the light of day, but it’s already causing quite a stir. Oprah Winfrey has produced a film that will reportedly follow former music executive Drew Dixon as she details what she claims were multiple instances of sexual harassment and misconduct by Simmons. She alleges that he raped her in the mid-1990s, an allegation that Simmons fiercely denies.

After news of Oprah’s documentary came to light, 50 Cent aired out his grievances with the media mogul. He questioned why Oprah has given a platform to Michael Jackson’s Leaving Neverland accusers and now to Dixon, claiming that Winfrey was purposefully targeting black men. “No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons this sh*t is sad,” the rapper wrote on social media.

The Simmons family hasn’t commented on the allegations stacked against Russell but Bossip reports Growing Up Hip Hop‘s Angela Simmons has shared her thoughts on the accusations. “I’m not ever gonna get in between what’s going on with people,” Angela reportedly said. “I’m going to stand by my family. I’m not going to get in between all of that, it’s not my place. No one wants to see their family getting hurt. He has daughters.” She added: “My uncle knows what he’s done…but I don’t necessarily want to shine a light on that.”

Like Fif, Russell, too, has used his social media platform to address Oprah about her forthcoming documentary. “Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.”

 

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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. … 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 us

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SOURCE: Hot New Hip-Hop – Erika Marie