Amanda Seales Shares Uncomfortable Encounter With Russell Simmons

Earlier this week we reported that screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons of assaulting her in his New York apartment in 1991 after she accepted a ride from him, and he refused to let his driver drop her at home. In Lumet’s column she wrote that, “maybe recalling of this incident can be helpful” to other women who have spoken out against Simmons, but realizes there’s a lot at stake in coming forward with her story.

After this accusation, the mogul released a statement and stepped down from his Def Jam empire.  Today, Insecure actress Amanda Seales shared with her followers on Instagram her encounter with the mogul.  Check out the above video.

“Ya’ll have descended into my mentions asking me what are my thoughts on Russell Simmons.  Remember when I said this” (plays clip from a past Instagram post) While in a very important man’s office while discussing working together, he said ‘have we ever fuc*ed?’ no….’oh right because I would have remembered that right?’  Seales continues, “So that very important man’s office who said that to me…That was Russell Simmons.” 

Her Instagram caption further empowers women to stand up and expose those who assault them in anyway, shape, or form.

“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 fuckery 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.  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” 

In addition to being a social activist on social media, Seales is known her current role in Insecure and for hosting her own show on truTV called Greatest Ever. Her first film was as Katy in the 1993 movie Cop and a Half, and she was featured on the Nickelodeon sitcom My Brother and Me in 1994 as Deonne Wilburn. In 2002 she appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, and became publicly known as “VJ Amanda Diva” on MTV2 Sucker Free Countdown on Sundays.

Simmons joins a long list of Hollywood power players who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the last two months. Two exposés published in October that detailed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged harassment and assault against women opened the floodgates for others to come forward with their experiences including Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.

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