Oprah steps away from Russell Simmons sexual misconduct documentary

Winfrey exited her role as executive producer of the highly anticipated “On the Record,” which highlights sexual misconduct allegations against the hip-hop mogul.
2:43 | 01/20/20

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Transcript for Oprah steps away from Russell Simmons sexual misconduct documentary
It's the new fallout from Oprah Winfrey's announcement that she's pulling out as executive producer for the documentary, "On the record," with sexual misconduct allegations against Russell Simmons. Let's go to Adrienne. Reporter: Oprah claims she was pressured by Simmons, but says no one intimidated her, and she thinks more work needs to be done to shine light on what the victims went through, and that is why she stepped aside. Her team reiterating that the goal is to get right when it comes to these allegations. Oprah bowing out chronicling the stories of women with sexual harassment and in some cases, assault allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Titled "On the record" for apple TV plus, centered around drew Dickson who told "The times" in 2017 a woman was assaulted while Dickson was an executive. Oprah believes the women, but she wants to get it right with no rush to release the documentary. It was reported that Simmons pressured her, but she says it was her own concerns, not Simmons' protest that led her to ultimately back out. Initially in December, Simmons who has not been charged with any crime and has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex took to Instagram addressing Oprah saying, quote, it's troubling you choose to single me out in your documentary. I have already admitted to being a playboy, sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know, so many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. I think she wanted a bit more of a longer and more insightful take, but they have been working on the film for at least three years, so from their perspective, the film is more than done and ready for audiences. Reporter: Kirby dick and Amy Zehring who were behind "The hunting ground" tell deadline quote, that while we are disappointed that Winfrey is no longer an executive producer, we believe she believes and supports the survivors in the the film is set to be released at sundance this Saturday. Thank you, Adrienne. Robin? Okay. Now to rock music royalty.

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