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Oprah Russell Simmons Documentary

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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For months, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering had pair of dream partners: Oprah Winfrey and Apple, who had committed to back their documentary about women who have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Book for Sundance Film Festival and Apples ' New streaming platform, Film was prim to be next high-profile media moment of MeToo Era. Then film Future was abruptly cast into doubt last week after Ms. Winfrey withdrew as executive producer and pulled it from Apple, citing creative differences with directors and suggesting that picture was being rushed to Sundance before I believed it was complete. But what preceded Ms. Winfreys announcement was more than just dispute over filmmaking. It involved intense campaign by Mr. Simmons and his supporters to get Ms. Winfrey to pull plug. That campaign also targeted some women in film on social media and, in at least one case, through direct contact with family member, in what women view as attempts to threaten and intimidate them ahead of film's premiere at Sundance, still scheduled for Jan. 25. Ms. Winfrey acknowledged to New York Times that Mr. Simmons had tried to get her to abandon project. He reached out multiple and attempted to pressure me, Ms. Winfrey say. She said he told her that woman at center of film, draw Dixon, was lying about their interactions. In addition, Winfrey say, she received phone calls from other people, whom she would not identify, who also questioned Ms. Dixon's credibility. Ms. Winfrey said that she still believes Ms. Dixon, though she also thinks there were inconsistencies in account that Film had not adequately addressed, in addition to other issues she had with Film. Ms. Winfrey said it was those reasons, and not Mr. Simmons protestations, that led her to pull support. I told him directly in phone call that I would not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film, she say. I am only going to do what I believe to be right thing. But it was clear that Ms. Winfrey, according to people involved in internal conversations around film, was struggling over what to do, especially since she had appeared supportive of movie before Mr. Simmons began pushing back against it. She was aware of message she might send by backing out, giving her reputation as role model for African-American women and as one of America's most trusted voices of moral authority. Ms. Winfrey has spoken openly over years of being sexual abuse survivor herself. Her enormous following had made her appealing to Apple as it competes with other streaming services in attracting big names to deliver original content; Netflix had already enlisted new production company started by Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as series of accomplished producers. Film About Mr. Simmons Accusers, Titled On Record, Was To Be Ms.

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Disagreements and Double Binds

Until Ms. Winfrey pulled out, dispute film had pitted two titans of media and entertainment against each other. Mr. Simmons helped establish big business of hip-hop, and branched out early into film and fashion. Two Had Decades-long Relationship, Before They Split When More Than Dozen Women Began To Come Forward To Accuse Him Of Misconduct, Including Rape And Assault. Their clash also highlight fissures among African-Americans over their place in MeToo movement. In film, Ms. Dixon and other women say that when floodgates opened after accusations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017, they were still were unsure whether American society at large would listen to testimonies of black women. When documentaries about R. Kelly and Michael Jackson last year led to re-examinations of accusations against them and, in Mr. Kelly's case, criminal charges, angry debate roiled on about whether those men were being singled out for attention because of their race. One result, according to Dream Hampton, activist and behind Surviving R. Kelly, is that black women remain afraid to speak up.

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A Partnership Fractures

Films Primary Character Is Ms. Dixon, Whose Account Details Wrenching Accusation Of How Mr. Simmons Violently Rapped Her After Luring Ms. Dixon, Then Young Executive At His Label, Into His Apartment One Night Under Pretext Of Hearing CD. Ms. Dixon first told her story publicly to Times in 2017, and film, which tracked her over two years, recounts her struggle over whether to go on record with paper. Some scenes capture parts her phone call with Times reporters during that period. Dan Cogan of Impact Partners, financial backer of Oscar-winning documentaries Icarus and Cove, introduced Ms. Winfrey to Mr. Dick and Ms. Ziering, whose work over last decade has focused on sexual abuse, first in military with Invisible War and then on college campus with Hunting Ground.

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