Oprah Drops Out of Producing Russell Simmons Doc But Not Because of Preassure
Oprah Winfrey faced much criticisms for joining the production team on a documentary about Russell Simmon’s alleged sexual assault. Although the Def Jam producer did reach out to his once supporter, Oprah says it wasn’t this pressure that lead her to ultimately back out from the documentary.
Oprah told the NY Times, in the end it’s her own concern that led to her decision to cut ties with the project. “He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me,” she explains, “I told him directly in a phone call that I will not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film,” she says of her reaction to his campaign. “I am only going to do what I believe to be the right thing.”
Oprah interviewed the two men who alleged they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson but has yet to speak up on the Harvey Weinstein cases. Ultimately Orpah said it was the “inconsistencies in [one of the accuser’s] account that the film had not adequately addressed.”
Oprah’s friends Gale King and director Ava DuVernay both commented in the Times article explaining that it was a tough decision for the media mogul. King said, “Russell has done a very public and very private campaign to convince her, she knows that the message that sends is that maybe she was muzzled. Nothing can be further from the case.”