NEW YORK (AP) – The documentary about several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse has found a distributor after Oprah Winfreyâ€™s exit from the film left it in the lurch.
HBO Max on Monday said it acquired Kirby Dick and Amy Zieringâ€™s film, â€œOn the Record,â€ following its premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival. Along with other stories, â€œOn the Recordâ€ tracks the decision of music executive Drew Dixon to publicly state that her then-boss Simmons raped her at his New York home in 1995.
Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, has denied all accusations of sexual abuse.
â€œOn the Recordâ€ had been set to be released by Apple TV Plus, with Winfrey as an executive producer. But in the weeks ahead of the filmâ€™s Sundance premiere, Winfrey departed the film because she said she that while she believed Dixon, she felt more reporting was needed on her story.
Yet â€œOn the Recordâ€ made a strong impression at Sundance, where standing ovations greeted Dixon and other accusers, including Sil Lai Abrams and Sheri Hines. Critics called the film a powerful documentary that brings issues of race into #MeToo discussions.
â€œThe fierce determination of Drew Dixon and all the women who bravely chose to share their stories in â€˜On the Recordâ€™ moved us profoundly,â€ said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statement.