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Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons were investigated by police in 2001 after alleged sexual battery

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times on

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Braun described Ratner and Simmons' account to Variety by saying: "We know her. She came to our house. Nothing happened. She's making up a story."

In a statement to Variety that was also sent to The Times, Def Jam Recordings co-founder Simmons said:

"This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed and I fully support the light and healing that comes from this process. 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," Simmons said.

He praised the courage of women who are coming forward.

"We all should thank them with complete gratitude. Even if there is collateral damage against me, I support it. I am a yogi and an activist and the father of two daughters who mean everything to me. I want them to live in a world where harassment is not the norm," Simmons said.

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