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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Investigated For A Sexual Assault Incident In 2001

The Beverly Hills Police Department is looking into a sexual assault claim that took place with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and director Brett Ratner back in 2001.

According to BAW:

The alleged victim, a 29-year-old woman, came into the department to file a report at 4:45 a.m. on the morning of November 3, 2001. She alleged that two men held her against her will and that both touched her unlawfully, according to police.

She said 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, known as Hilhaven Lodge, is on the same block. At the time of the incident, Ratner was coming off the biggest hit of his career with “Rush Hour 2.”

In response to the newly surfaced allegations, Simmons has 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., which has a $450 million film co-financing deal with Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, 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.

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