Oprah Winfrey Pulls Out From Producing Russell Simmons #MeToo Documentary

Oprah Winfreyis now not producing a documentary, which featured a person who accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.

In a press release from the previous TV host relating to The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary, the media mogul introduced, “I’ve determined that I’ll now not be government producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it’ll not air on Apple TV+.”

She provides that she desires it “identified that I unequivocally consider and assist the ladies,” who will probably be highlighted within the undertaking. Nonetheless she believes “there’s extra work to be performed on the movie to light up the complete scope of what the victims endured, and it has change into clear that the filmmakers and I are usually not aligned in that artistic imaginative and prescient.”

“I’ve nice respect for his or her mission however given the filmmakers’ need to premiere the movie on the Sundance Movie Competition earlier than I consider it’s full, I really feel it is best to step apart,” she continues. “I will probably be working with Time’s As much as assist the victims and people impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”

Regardless of her choice to go away the undertaking, the star calls Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering “gifted filmmakers.”

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In accordance to The Los Angeles Instances, the documentary was supposed to concentrate on “a superb former music government who grapples with whether or not to go public together with her story of assault and abuse by a notable determine within the music business.” One story of specific significance to the documentary was rumored to be that of Drew Nixon, who accused Simmons of sexual misconduct in a 2017 exposé. 

Russell Simmons has not addressed Oprah’s departure from the movie, however in a earlier assertion he denied all accusations made in opposition to him and blasted her participation. “I vehemently deny all these allegations,” he acknowledged. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

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