Oprah Winfrey has decided to scrub Russell Simmons from future editions of her book “The Wisdom of Sundays”, with the New York Times reporting the decision — made jointly between Winfrey and her publisher — follows multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against Simmons.
The book was initially published in October 2017, a collection of excerpts from Winfrey’s conversations with guests on her spirituality-themed OWN talk show
“Super Soul Sunday”, including conversations with such luminaries as Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, frequent “Oprah” guest Deepak Chopra, the late Elie Wiesel and more.
According to the book’s publisher, Flatiron Books, Simmons’ quotes will be removed from all future editions of “The Wisdom of Sundays”; a spokesperson for the publisher wouldn’t specify when Winfrey and Flatiron Books came to the decision.
Simmons has been accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by 15 different women, with model Keri Claussen Khalighi alleging that Simmons raped her when she was 17 while director Brett Ratner (who has been hit with similar allegations by several women) watched. Publicist and reality TV star Kelly Cutrone has also alleged that Simmons attempted to rape her.
“I vehemently deny all these allegations,” said Simmons in a statement. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”