Two years after several women accused Russell Simmons of sexually assaulting them, Oprah Winfrey is putting on her executive producer hat to help them tell their stories.
AppleTV+ acquired the documentary, and it would be directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. The logline says the film follows, “a brilliant former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry. The film is a profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.”
It was announced that the documentary will debut at the Sundance Film Festival at the top of 2020. Sundance’s description was an exact replica of Apple’s logline, but the “former music executive” was revealed.
Drew Dixon will be the center point of the documentary, who accused Simmons of multiple instances of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times interview. During Dixon’s executive run at Def Jam Recordings, the co-founder was her supervisor. She quit her job at the record label after Russell Simmons allegedly raped her in his apartment in 1995.
The Hip Hop mogul has repeatedly denied multiple accusations of sexual harassment and rape.