The allegations, published on Sunday in The Los Angeles Times, come over a week after it was reported that both Russell and Brett, for a similar incident in 2001, were investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department. It also follows the eight women who recently accused Brett of sexual assault.
A fashion model, Keri Claussen Khalighi, at the time of the alleged 1991 incident, told the NYT that she had gone back to Russell’s New York apartment to watch a music video they were working on.
She said that her clothes were yanked off there and Russell made unwanted sexual advances.
She told the Times;
I looked over at Brett and said, ‘Help me,’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.
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Keri said Russell tried to force her to have sex but she refused and “acquiesced” to perform oral sex instead. She further said that Brett “just sat there and watched.”
She said that while taking a shower afterward Russell came up behind her and penetrated her without her consent. She jerked away from him and he left.
In statements to the Times, both Russell and Brett denied that anything happened with Khalighi without her consent.