When Amanda Seales posted a video on Instagram that detailed the extremely inappropriate comments Russell Simmons made during their meeting in 2016, it didn’t take long for the music mogul’s team to come swooping in to try to clear his name.
ICYMI, Amanda took to social media on Dec. 1 to share details about a meeting she had with Simmons in 2016 where she claims he asked her, ‘Have we ever fuc**d?’ When she said ‘no,’ he replied, “Oh, right. ‘Cause I would’ve remembered that, right?”
The actress wrote a lengthy explanation along with the video that explained why so many women stay quiet about sexual harassment and others never share their stories.
“PSA: For anyone who says, ‘Why’d they wait so long?’ You wait because as a woman raised in a patriarchal, ‘Bros before Hoes’, sexist, ‘but what were you wearing’ society you understand power dynamics and that even when there are witnesses to any level of sexual harassment/assault it will always be you who is questioned for incurring the offense. You wait because you know your vision is bigger than their indiscretion and refuse to let it derail you from your goals. You wait because you don’t even want to acknowledge the f***ery for longer than you have to when you know the odds are there will be no consequences, you’ll be dismissed, or worse defiled yet again and would rather get on with the positive things in your life,” she wrote.
“You wait because, especially when it’s a Black man of prestige, you are conditioned to not speak defamatory truths for fear it will undermine their contributions to the community…Lastly, you wait, because you don’t even wanna believe it ya damn self. No matter how seemingly benign or intrusive, no one wants to endure this, particularly in professional settings. Yet, so many of us have so many of these stories and we come to operate like a clandestine anti-#creeplifes coalition of alerting others to, ‘watch out for so and so’. Let that be no more. It is not okay. It is not the culture. It is not your fault. Expose them. #igstorygems.”
According to the Insecure star, she received a call from Hasaun Muhammad, an employee at Simmons’ Rush Communications who was present during the meeting she referenced shortly after she posted the video.
“He said he wanted to get my point of view on what happened,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I said, ‘There isn’t really anything else to say. You were sitting right next to me. What is the confusion?’ He said he didn’t feel that Russell had done anything wrong and was just being flirty.”
It turns out Simmons went a step further to discredit Seales’ story by providing two signed affidavits to the newspaper from Muhammad and another witness of the meeting.
Muhammad told the paper it was “clear” to everyone in the meeting that Simmons “didn’t know who [Seales] was” and “playfully” asked, “Who are you? Do I even know you?”
Only one of these people could be telling the whole truth.