The list for NBC’s protected sexual assailants with high public profiles continues to grow, and the details are more stomach churning than the next. This is not about suggestive comments that were made, or women who felt a little uncomfortable. We are talking about real, sexual predators and women who were raped.
Journalist Sil Lai Abrams accused NBC News of “killing a story about her sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons and AJ Calloway in 2018.” Abrams published an op-ed detailing the events earlier this week.
Abrams’ allegations are serious. She said music mogul Russell Simmons raped her in 1994, and that former “Extra” host AJ Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006. Although Calloway was arrested following the incident, the case was dismissed.
Abrams wrote that she had spoken to MSNBC’s Joy Reid in 2017, and in interview was done at the beginning of 2018, simply to be brushed off because “network wanted more vetting” and was “spooked” due to “threats from Russell’s lawyer.”
Abrams details some of the painful scrutiny NBC put her under:
Over the next several months, NBC put me through an elaborate and bizarre vetting process. I provided legal documentation, hospital bills, and more than a dozen corroborating witnesses. Still, they stonewalled. I asked Joy repeatedly if NBC was going to do to her what it did to Ronan, and she said that she didn’t think so. We both agreed that it would reflect very poorly if word got out that the network had suppressed yet another story of alleged sexual assault.
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