Oprah Winfrey pulls out of Russell Simmons sex assault documentary, but she ain’t through with him yet.

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Over a week ago, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would no longer be executive producing the On The Record documentary by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick highlighting sexual assault allegation against Russell Simmons. In a statement announcing her exit, Winfrey wrote,

“I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on the [On The Record] Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+. First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision,”

The documentary focuses on Drew Dixon and several other women who claim Simmons either sexually harassed or raped them.

Winfrey caught some backlash when word got out that she was executive producing the project. Rappers 50 Cent and The Game spoke out accusing her of targeting black men in the entertainment industry, while ignoring similar accusations against white men.

Recently Winfrey revealed Simmons personally called her “multiple times” to get he to dump the documentary, but that she told him she was not going to be pressured and was only going to do what she “believed to be the right thing.”

Ziering and Dick will need to find another distributor for On The Record, but are expected to debut the film at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25.

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