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Every #MeToo Story Needs To Be Individualized

(SL) – I think for the bulk of the population the sexual harassment allegations have been pretty exhausting. Mostly, in part, because not all of them are with merit. If you examine some of these stories carefully, you’ll find that some of these women simply sold themselves short in an effort to get ahead or for personal satisfaction, over exaggerated a man’s attempt to make a pass at her or simply just lied.salma-hayek-on-harvey-weinsteinI have no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has had some questionable behavior but when Salma Hayek voiced her disgust and accused him of forcing her into a lesbian love scene for ‘Frida’ it really made me think about just how many women possibly played themselves with this man to get what they want. Reading Salma’s story, I never once read ‘he held me down and forced me to engage in this behavior on screen’.

I read accusations that claimed the only way she could get the movie made was if she ‘added’ the lesbian scene which at any given time she could’ve said ‘ no thanks’. BUT she was so eager to complete the project that she added the scene. Fast forward, and now years later, she wants to say ‘He forced me to do it’. NO, he didn’t. You agreed to add the scene to get your movie made. russell-simmonsI’ve also been paying attention to the accusations made against Russell Simmons. Keri Claussen Khaligi said she ‘acquiesced’ and performed oral sex on him. That is not rape.

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Who Sticks Around And Takes A Shower If You’re Being Sexually Assaulted? Doubt Surrounds Former Models Claim That Russell Simmons Raped Her 26 Years Ago While Brett Ratner Watched

(SL) – Let’s be honest some of these women just need to accept that you slept with a man who you deemed to be of power and that’s it. It decreases the leverage and validity of real sexual assaults and rapes.

After reading the details of her claims, it’s hard to believe that Russell Simmons, father of two teenage girls raped Keri Claussen Khalighi when she was 17 years old.

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The former model, now 43, claims that she met the music mogul and Brett Ratner, who was directing music videos at the time, at a casting call and subsequently met them for dinner one night.

After dinner, Khalighi was invited back to Russell’s apartment to watch a music video the two had been working on and it’s there that she claims the rape took place.

She alleges Simmons began to make ‘aggressive sexual advances’ and took off her clothes, while Ratner did nothing to help.

Khalighi told the L.A. Times, “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face, she said. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”

Khalighi claims  she acquiesced and performed oral sex on Simmons after fighting his attempts to have sex. Ratener, she charges, sat and watched.

After performing oral sex on Simmons, Khalighi claims she went to take a shower and Russell followed her. She alleges that she was briefly penetrated in the shower without her consent.

Simmons, 60, and Ratner, 48, have both denied the allegations. Russell says,
“Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation.”

Ratners says he has ‘no recollection’ of Khalighi asking for his help and didn’t see her ‘protest’.

Couple of points here:

1. If you acquiesced, that’s not rape.

2. If someone is being sexually aggressive around you and you are alone in his apartment, why not just leave?

3. Why did you stick around and take a shower? He never once forced you to stay or held you hostage. Why the shower?