*The three women who have accused Russell Simmons of rape are speaking out about their experiences with the music mogul in an interview with CBS This Morning that aired Wednesday.
Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams and Alexia Norton Jones also share their stories in a yet-to-be titled documentary about Simmons that is set to debut later at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I hope that black women and girls become more visible as a result of this documentary,” said Dixon. “This is violently tackled and raped — while saying no and fighting and crying.”
She continued, “I literally worked for him. He was ordering me a car, and he told me to come upstairs and pick up a demo. I thought I would be in his apartment for five total minutes. That’s it. And he showed up naked, wearing a condom and tackled me to his bed, while I screamed and fought and said, ‘No,’ and cried. That’s rape.”
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Abrams said she dated Simmons on and off in the early ’90s but she called it off after he raped her in 1994.
“He’ll say, ‘Yes, we had a sexual relationship,’ but he cannot address the fact that I was too drunk to consent, and that the next day I called him up, screaming. And I attempted suicide. He knew,” Abrams said. “And I told him why, that he had ruined my life, and that I had nothing.”
Jones claims Simmons raped her on their first date in 1991.
“This was a very swift attack, and what was going through my mind more than anything was, ‘Why?’ Because I liked Russell. And I, you know, I would’ve just kissed him. I would’ve made out with him. I would’ve — he didn’t have to attack me,” she said. “He raped me right up against the fucking wall. Excuse my language. But he — that’s what he did. I had to keep this secret.”
Simmons has denied all rape allegations.
Elsewhere in their interview, the trio explain how the #MeToo movement inspired them to come forward with their truth.
“It felt like this portal opened suddenly, where women were being believed, and I wondered if that would apply to black women,” Dixon said.
“Black people have very few heroes to spare. Not many of us get to the level of success of a Russell Simmons, which is why I was so proud of him,” she added. “He is a media mogul. He has millions of followers. I have, like, a thousand. And he is using all of that muscle to try to drown out our voices.”
Oprah Winfrey was announced as an executive producer of the doc in December but she recently
stepped down from the project, citing creative differences with the filmmakers.
“There is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured,” Winfrey said in part in a statement. “I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women.”
Watch Dixon, Abrams and Jones’ CBS News interview above.