Oprah will no longer pursue the Russell Simmons documentary she was executive producing which centered around a woman’s accusations of sexual misconduct against the former Def Jam executive. Oprah stepping down from the project effectively blocks its airing to Apple TV+.

Oprah announced her decision to discontinue her involvement in the documentary Friday (1/10). This follows pressure from a skeptical public who can’t reconcile Oprah’s determination to put Simmons on blast but unwilling to publicly criticize her long-time friend Harvey Weinstein who’s also facing serious allegations not only in the court of public opinion, but also most recently having charges brought against him by a Los Angeles District Attorney. 50 Cent and The Game also publicly questioned this perceived double standard.

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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 sh*t 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.”

O (The Oprah Magazine) stated more work is needed on the film to “illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

Oprah, however, stated she “will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”

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