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Entertainment Oprah Says Sundance Doc Exit is "Not a Victory for Russell" Simmons

17:15  21 january  2020
17:15  21 january  2020 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Russell Simmons Accuser Documentary Filmmakers 'Disappointed' In Oprah Exit , Will Still Premiere Film At Sundance . The most powerful black woman in the world is being intimidated.” Simmons has denied accusations of nonconsensual sex. He has not been charged with any crime.

Previously, Russell Simmons called out Oprah for reportedly being an executive producer of a documentary that features one of the women who Now, Oprah has revealed that she is backing down from her position with the documentary. In Oprah ’s statement, she said “I have decided that I

Appearing on CBS This Morning to promote her new book club selection, Oprah Winfrey explained why she took her name off of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's Sundance-bound documentary, On the Record, about sexual assault in the music industry, featuring women who've accused Russell Simmons of misconduct.

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Winfrey, a victim of sexual assault herself, said she understood what it's like not to be believed and reiterated that she believes the women featured in the documentary but insisted her move was due to "inconsistencies" in the film and a desire to get things right.

"The only question for me is what is the right thing to do," Winfrey said in part, explaining that before she was publicly pressured by Simmons and others to drop the doc she went to the filmmakers and said they had a "problem" because of new information and "inconsistencies" she thought they should look at and argued that they should pull the doc from Sundance or she'd have to take her name off of it.

Oprah Winfrey Steps Away From Russell Simmons Accuser Doc, Pulls From Apple TV+ (Exclusive)

  Oprah Winfrey Steps Away From Russell Simmons Accuser Doc, Pulls From Apple TV+ (Exclusive) The high-profile documentary is scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. Winfrey, who until now had served as an executive producer on the film, planned to air it on Apple TV+ following the festival.“I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+," Winfrey said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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.

But Oprah says that Simmons was adamant that one accuser, in particular, Drew Dixon, was lying about their interactions. "I told him directly in a phone call that I will not be pressured either into or out of, backing this film," she said . "I am only going to do what I believe to be the right thing."

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"I just care about getting it right," Winfrey said, adding that she wanted the context broadened and more women added.

Winfrey, who had served as an executive producer on the film, took her name off the documentary and pulled it from AppleTV+ 11 days ago, shortly before its Sundance world premiere, which is still set for Saturday, Jan. 25. In a statement at the time, Winfrey said in part, “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."

Even though she took her name off the documentary after Simmons publicly pressured her to do so, Winfrey insisted, "This is not a victory for Russell…I did not pull out because of Russell…I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I've been through."

Oprah Winfrey Says Russell Simmons 'Pressured' Her to Drop Documentary From Apple TV+

  Oprah Winfrey Says Russell Simmons 'Pressured' Her to Drop Documentary From Apple TV+ Oprah Winfrey says that Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons "pressured" her to drop her support for the documentary "On the Record" featuring accounts from women who have accused the music mogul of rape. Winfrey dropped her support of the film and from Apple TV+ last week, but Friday she clarified in her first comments since dropping the film to The New York Times that Simmons' pressure was not the reason she stepped away from executive producing the project."He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me," Winfrey told the Times, saying that Simmons believed that accuser Drew Dixon was lying.

Oprah Winfrey has dropped out as an executive producer on a documentary that delves into sexual misconduct allegations against Russell Simmons — but not because he pressured her, she says . “I told him directly in a phone call that I will not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film.”

Oprah Says Russell Simmons Pressured Her To Pull Out Of Accuser Documentary Ahead Of Sundance Premiere. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual.

And she called claims that she wasn't standing up for black women and could be intimidated by Simmons "ridiculous."

Winfrey said she hopes people see the film and make their own decisions.

The film, from the directors of acclaimed sexual-assault docs The Hunting Ground and The Invisible War, features interviews with a number of women who've accused Simmons of rape, including Sil Lai Abrams, Sherri Hines, Jenny Lumet and former Def Jam executive Drew Dixon.

"It may have been the filmmakers’ focus on Dixon at the exclusion of other womens’ stories that troubled Winfrey," The Hollywood Reporter stated in a feature last week, but Dick says the focus on Dixon's experience is due to her having "such an amazing story and such deep insights into her experience that it just opened up a whole world to us. We thought if we were feeling, 'Wow, this is a whole new world of understanding these issues,' audiences would feel the same way.”

Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film

  Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the rap mogul, but his efforts were not what prompted her to leave the project. NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the rap mogul, but his efforts were not what prompted her to leave the project.

Last week Oprah backed out as an executive producer on a documentary about four women who levied sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons and I was like, huh? I don’t know how Simmons thought his conversations were going to go, but “pressuring Oprah ” is not something that ’s

Oprah Winfrey has said the rap mogul Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her over her involvement with a documentary in which several Winfrey announced she was leaving as executive producer on 10 January, saying more work was needed and the filmmakers were “ not aligned” in

When Winfrey asked the filmmakers to hold the doc back from Sundance and keep working on it, they responded, “This movie is going to Sundance with or without Oprah,” a source close to Winfrey told THR.

Watch more of Winfrey's interview below.

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