“On The Record” Film Highlights Survivors of Russell Simmons’s Sexual Assault

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“On the Record” chronicles not only Drew Dixon’s story but that of several other accusers—​Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Sher—delving deeply into the ways women of colors’ voices are all too often silenced and ignored when reporting these crimes, and the cultural forces that pressure them to remain silent.

On April 21, HBO Max released the trailer for “On The Record,” an investigative documentary highlighting the stories of three courageous women who came forward with accusations of rape and sexual assault against Russell Simmons, co-founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam Records. 

Directed and produced Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering—the team behind the by “The Invisible War” (2012) and “The Hunting Ground” (2015), highlighting sexual assault within the U.S. military and on college campuses, respectively—”On the Record” premiered at Sundance in…

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