HBO Max Picks Up Russell Simmons Accusers Doc After Oprah Exit

Lawrence Kim
February 5, 2020

Max introduced Monday that it has obtained United States rights "At the Report", Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's documentary targeted across the girls who've accused hip-hop magnate Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. The troubling documentary received multiple standing ovations at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has officially found a home in partnership with the premium cable network, HBO Max this past Monday (Feb. 3). Two women later came forward with similar experiences.

When the movie used to be introduced as a part of the lineup past due remaining 12 months, Oprah Winfrey used to be on board as an govt manufacturer and the movie used to be set to premiere at Sundance with distribution from Apple TV+, as a part of Winfrey's handle the streaming provider.

Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War) and first reported by The New York Times, it comes from Impact Partners and Jane Doe Films.

Winfrey has publicly defended her decision to drop out of the documentary. In an interview with CBS' Gayle King, Winfrey said that while Simmons had attempted to pressure her in the past, she did not step down because of him. "This is not a victory for Russell", she said. "I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell. I can not be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I've been through", Winfrey declared. "The film chronicles not only Dixon's story but that of several other accusers-Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Jenny Lumet, Alexia Norton Jones-delving deeply into the ways women of colors' voices are all too often silenced and ignored when reporting these crimes; as well as the various cultural forces that conspire to make them reluctant to do so". Critics called the film a powerful documentary that brings issues of race into #MeToo discussions. "We're honored that HBO Max has determined to embrace this highly-anticipated movie as their first pageant acquisition ever, and we're thrilled for them to share it with their new viewers". That documentary saw two men share allegations of childhood sexual abuse against the late musician Michael Jackson.

"The fierce determination of Drew Dixon and all the women who bravely made a decision to share their stories on On the Record moved us deeply", said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, in a statement from The Guardian.

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