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Russell Simmons sorry for Harriet Tubman sex video

August 15, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman that appeared on his YouTube channel.

The clip features an actress portraying Tubman — as escaped slave who helped many others to freedom in the 1800s — having sex with her white slave master as someone films it so she can bribe her boss. The “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” was posted Wednesday.

The 55-year-old Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, writes Thursday that he “can now understand why so many people are upset.” He said he removed the video after a call from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Simmons adds that he doesn’t condone violence against women and that he’s “sincerely sorry” to those offended.

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Russell Simmons’ apology: http://tinyurl.com/mpbourt/

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