50 Cent has got a bone to pick with Oprah Winfrey.
Late Thursday night, the rapper shared an Instagram post attacking Winfrey over the upcoming documentary she is producing about #MeToo allegations against record executive Russell Simmons.
Citing her involvement in the “Leaving Neverland” documentary about Michael Jackson earlier this year, 50 Cent wrote, “I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men.”
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🤦♂️I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #starzgettheapp #abcforlife
The rapper pointed out other figures hit with serious sexual abuse allegations like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, and also referred to the now-infamous interview with R. Kelly done by Winfrey’s friend Gayle King.
He followed that up with another post featuring images of white and black men accused of sexual abuse, and whether they have been incarcerated or not.
Shortly after 50 Cent’s post, Simmons himself shared his thoughts in a lengthy Instagram post directed at Winfrey, declaring that he finds it “troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary” after he claims to have bonded with her after giving her “the power of meditation and the groundbreaking book The Power of Now.”
Admitting that he’s “a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”)” who has slept with “an embarrassing number” of women,” he calls out her producers for claiming “that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women” and claims to have “taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests.
Denying all allegations made against him, Simmons admits to being “guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind.”
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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT/ (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers,their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. … In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind us
The untitled documentary on Simmons will premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in January, and will be released later on Apple TV+.
Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings, has been accused of sexual misconduct in over a dozen cases since November 2017.