New Sexual Assault Accusations Against Brett Ratner Surface in Explosive New Report

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Brett Ratner has already been accused of sexual assault by various women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, and in a new report by the LA Times more are blasting the producer/director for assaulting them directly, or standing by while longtime friend and mentor, Russell Simmons, committed the act.

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Model Keri Claussen Khalighi says she was only 17 when she met the up-and-coming director and Def Jam founder at a casting call. She alleges the duo took her to dinner, then back to Simmons’ apartment where Simmons made sexual advances toward her and pulled off her clothes.

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

According to Khalighi, Ratner “just sat there and watched” as she was forced to perfom oral sex on Simmons.

In a statement, Simmons, denied the allegation, saying “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation.” And, through his attorney, Ratner said he had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her “protest.”

Based on various accounts, Ratner and a group of powerful men (among them Simmons, and director James Toback who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 300 women) preyed on young models and actresses. It was so rampant, there was a term for the women Ratner surrounded himself with: “Brett’s girls.” And, Ratner’s home, Hilhaven Lodge, has been said to be the scene of the crime for much of the Hollywood heavyweights inappropriate and/or criminal behavior, a den for horrible acts.

Other women who have come forward against the Rush Hour director include former model hopeful Tanya Reid, who says Ratner coerced her to perform oral sex, actress Jaymee Ong who said he masturbated in front of her, and actress Sarah Shahi who says the producer thrust himself against her and made lewd comments. Others claim Ratner made inappropriate advances, made sexually explicit comments and even showed them nude images of an unnamed ex-girlfriend.

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Ratner and Simmons deny all claims of sexual misconduct.