Monday, October 25, 2021

HBO Max Drops Trailer for Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Doc ‘On the Record’ [WATCH]

*The controversial documentary about the women accusing  Russell Simmons of sexual now has a trailer and release date.

The first official trailer for “On the Record” has been released by HBO Max, and is set to premiere on May 27 with the launch of the new streaming service. The film centers on Drew Dixon her journey sharing her experience during the age of #MeToo. 

“I’ve been a victim for 22 years,” says Dixon in the trailer. “I’m tired of being a victim.”

In 2017, Dixon told The New York Times she was working her “dream job” as a 24-year-old Def Jam executive when Simmons sexually assaulted her multiple times and raped her in his home in 1995. As noted by PEOPLE, she was initially reluctant to come forward because she was “worried about adding fodder to the myth of the predatory black man.”

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She added, “In addition, I didn’t want to be Desiree Washington, who was torn down by the black community, I felt, when she came out years and years ago about Mike Tyson.”

Through his lawyer, Simmons acknowledged that he engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with Dixon while she worked at Def Jam but denied accusations “of forced sex or sexual violence of any kind.”

At least 18 women have accused Simmons of sexual misconduct, including rape.

“The decision to come forward has nothing to do with him,” Dixon, now 47, told TheWrap. “I’m not thinking about him. This is about letting go of tremendous pain that has really crippled me in ways that I don’t think I even realized.”

“On the Record” is directed by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, and was previously backed by Oprah Winfrey, until she caught heat for lending her name as executive producer. 

In January, just before the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Oprah announced she was no longer associated with the project. 

“First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard,” said Winfrey in a statement at the time. “In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

She added: “Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers. I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside.”

Scroll up and watch the trailer above.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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