The documentary about several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse, has found a distributor after Oprah Winfrey’s exit from the film left it in the lurch. HBO Max on Monday said it acquired Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s film, On the Record, following its premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival. Along with other stories, On the Record tracks the decision of music executive Drew Dixon to publicly state that her then-boss Simmons raped her at his New York home in 1995. Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, has denied all accusations of sexual abuse. Dixon first went public about her accusations in 2017, alleging the mogul raped her in 1995. Two women later came forward with similar experiences. On the Record had been set to be released by Apple TV Plus, with Winfrey as an executive producer. But in the weeks ahead of the film’s Sundance premiere, Winfrey departed the film because she said she that while she believed Dixon, she felt more reporting was needed on her story. Winfrey has publicly defended her decision to drop out of the documentary. She admitted Simmons had previously tried to influence her decision to act as… Read full this story
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