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sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Oprah Winfrey’s ‘spirituality’ book contained quotes from man accused of rape

Oprah Winfrey benefits from a squeaky-clean image, which could be one reason she has apparently decided to not run for President of the United States.

If Oprah ran for president the media could make a bigger deal of her associations with accused sexual predators like Russell Simmons, who she interviewed for her book on spirituality.

The Accusations.

Media mogul Simmons has been accused of various sexual misdeeds in the wake of the #MeToo movement in which women are accusing a disturbing number of prominent men of harassment, assault and rape.

In December, two women who accused Simmons of misconduct appeared on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today to discuss their claims, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Musician Sherri Hines, who was a member of the group Mercedes Ladies and is among five women who have accused Simmons of rape, described the experience.

“It happened so fast that the next thing I know, my pants were down and he was having his way,” Hines said. “And then when he finished, I ran out of there and I left and I was crying and stood at the elevator for what felt like forever. I couldn’t believe I was just violated like that and more so I felt embarrassed, I felt used, worthless.

“Mercedes Ladies, we went up against an all-male arena. We came from single homes. He came to my home and he met my mom, who was a single mom that had 10 kids that she was raising. So for him to do this,” she said.

“The way I felt at the time. I can’t believe this man just violated me like I was nothing,” she told Kelly.

Oprah Responds.

After months of accusations against Simmons, Winfrey decided to remove his section from future publications of her book “The Wisdom of Sundays,” The New York Times reported.

“Oprah Winfrey has dropped contributions by the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons from her latest book, its publisher said, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape,” the Times reported.

It’s worth noting that the public allegations against Simmons are of recent vintage, and Winfrey may not have known about his crimes when she interviewed him for the book. On the other hand, public allegations and private knowledge are very different things — it’s hard to fathom that Simmons plethora of misdeeds were so cleverly concealed as to escape the notice of celebrity gossips.

Simmons has also been removed from another self-help book written by “Shark Tank” judge and millionaire clothing designer, Daymond John.

John said that Simmons contacted him and suggested that he be removed from the book because of the allegations against him.

“It was a hard decision to take him out of the book,” John told Wendy Williams in an interview last week.

“Russell is somebody that I’ve admired for years,” John said. “I saw him as a successful person.”

Apparently, successful and admirable aren’t always the same thing.