Alexia Norton Jones, one of the Russell Simmons accusers who appears in the recently premiered documentary, On The Record, about his alleged sexual assaults of several women, has slammed Oprah Winfrey in a scathing interview.
Jones is not only upset that Oprah kept getting her name wrong when speaking about the project, but also that the billionaire businesswoman abandoned the project at the last minute.
"Then here it is, casually. I have this other name [Alexia Norton Strong] on TV, spoken by Oprah Winfrey. What was so painful about it is that, what sexual violence is, it is about erasing you. It is about saying you don't matter. Right in that moment, Oprah is sharing her own story, about what happened to her. She then inserts her pain into our experience about why she's stepping away. And at the same time, I don't have a name," she explained.
On The Record premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week and received a standing ovation from the audience.
"She should know better. All respect to Gayle King, who had also introduced that segment with Michelle Miller days earlier. Everybody's got an earpiece. Somebody could have corrected her. It reminds me of when you're trying to seek help for these things, you're silenced again. It's not like I'm important to Oprah or Gayle, but Oprah was the executive producer of the project. This is what bothered me. She didn't step into the project at the end."
Simmons has denied any and all allegations of sexual assault and/or rape.