Oprah Winfrey backs out of Time's Up documentary, saying filmmakers are rushing through production

Oprah Winfrey is pulling her support from a documentary that aims to investigate sexual assault in the music industry, citing her disapproval of the filmmakers' plan to "premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete," she said in a statement to THR.

The finished documentary was slated for distribution by Apple TV Plus, but Winfrey's exit as executive producer means that plan is scrapped.

"In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision," Winfrey told the Hollywood Reporter, adding that she believes the accusations outlined in the film.

The documentary is primarily focused on sexual assault and rape allegations leveled against famed record producer Russell Simmons. Multiple women have come forward with harrowing accounts of alleged encounters with Simmons.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Russell Simmons attends Fonkoze's 'Hot Night In Haiti' Los Angeles Event on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Russell Simmons and Hana Nitsche attends the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 2017 Wish Gala at Hollywood Palladium on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Shining Star award recipient Usher Raymond IV (L) and music producer Russell Simmons at the 2017 Make a Wish Gala on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Make A Wish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Music producer Russell Simmons (R) at the 2017 Make a Wish Gala on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Make A Wish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Russell Simmons (L) attends Casamigos Halloween Party on October 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Russell Simmons seen on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Russell Simmons Attends The RushCard's Keep the Peace Initiative Day Of Peace on October 19, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Russell Simmons attends The Imagine Ball at The Peppermint Club on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: Russell Simmons (C) attends his 60th Birthday Party at his Tantris Yoga Center on October 6, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Tantris LLC)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Russell Simmons attends the 27th Annual EMA Awards - Show at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Model Kennedy Summers (L) and entrepreneur-producer Russell Simmons arrive at the 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Russell Simmons poses backstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 3 at Citi Field on September 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Russell Simmons arrives for Netflix presents Russell Simmons' 'Def Comedy Jam 25' Special Event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Russell Simmons and Lin-Manuel Miranda attend a Dinner Hosted By Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda at Private Residence on August 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Russell Simmons speaks to a crowd of students at an event benefiting Community Coalition sponsored by Russell Simmons and RushCard at USC on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Cast Member Bresha Webb and Russell Simmons attend NBC's MARLON 'Sip & Style' at Tantris on August 12, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robin Marshall/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Russell Simmons arrives for the premiere of The Film Collaborative's 'Romeo Is Bleeding' at The Montalban Theater on July 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: (L - R) Russell Simmons, Jason Zeldes, Donte Clark, and Michael Klein attend Build to discuss the documentary 'Romeo Is Bleeding' at Build Studio on July 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
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In response to Winfrey's decision, the documentary's creators, Kirby Dirk and Amy Ziering, said they remain committed to their plan to screen the film at Sundance, which begins next week. They noted that the film is "more than two years in the making" and will be their eighth project to premiere at the annual film festival.

"The film is a beacon of hope for voices that have long been suppressed, and an inspiration for anyone wanting to regain their personal power," they told Deadline in a statement.

The alleged victims also released a statement, which read in part, "We will not back down, and we will not be silenced. We are not afraid."

Simmons has denied the allegations.

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