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Oprah Winfrey has recently spoken on her decision to step down from the film that features Russell Simmons’ accusers of sexual assault and rape.

The media mogul sat down with CBS This Morning and said, “This is not a victory for Russell.” “I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through,” Winfrey continued.


Oprah Winfrey attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Winfrey also said, “I unequivocally say I did not pull out because of Russell. I spent three years on trial trying to protect the girls of my school who had accused a dorm parent of sexual assault. Three years on trial and nobody believed them.”

The host of CBS This Morning and friend of Winfrey, Gayle King mentioned to the media mogul that some people felt like she wasn’t standing up for women and particularly black women.

“To me, that is ridiculous and also ridiculous to think that I can be intimidated by Russell Simmons,” Winfrey replied.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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