Allegations made against Russell Simmons are detailed in a new ‘Los Angeles Times’ report at the same time that Terry Crews posts an email from Simmons.

RELATED: List:of Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment

Just as these accusations are being reported, Terry Crews shared an email appearing to be from Simmons, suggesting that Crews forgive the man who allegedly groped him.

“Give the agent a pass,” read the email tweeted out by Crews.

Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @WME:

Dear @UncleRUSH——

 In the Times, Keri Claussen Khalighi, an aspiring model who was 17 when she met the music mogul, says Simmons asked for forgiveness decades after he allegedly assaulted her and coerced her to perform oral sex while Ratner was present. Ratner was a rising music video producer at the time, according to the report.

MORE: Brett Ratner accused of sexual assault

A year ago, Khalighi, now 43, said she saw Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood. As she told the Times, he “poured his heart out in a really touching, remorseful apology” for his behavior, and said she could call him to talk further.

“He knew what he had done; I knew what he had done,” she said. “That’s also why it was so vindicating, because it was there, acknowledged.”

Simmons’ statement, which he also posted on social media Sunday, says, “I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced. Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation.” 

Statement of Russell Simmons in Response to LA Times Article.

He added: “Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any shape or form violates the very core of my being.”

More: Terry Crews opens up about alleged assault: ‘I have never felt more emasculated’

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Movie producer Brett Ratner has been accused of multiple cases of sexual misconduct or harassment — including by actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.


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