13 ladies have now accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, together with six ladies alleging they have been raped by him.
Simmons, a rap mogul and entrepreneur who based the long-lasting Def Jam Recordings label, has denied the accusations, however did apologize for “instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations.” The 60-year-old Queens native has additionally stepped down from all of his corporations because of the accusations, which have been remodeled the course of a few month.
On December 14, the Los Angeles Occasions reported that the NYPD is investigating the rape accusations towards Simmons.
“We were made aware of the alleged crime through the media, and we anticipate there will be more who come forward,” a NYPD supply informed the newspaper. “We’re in the process of setting up interviews and if any victims want to come forward, they should contact us.”
Simmons’ lawyer, Brad Rose, advised the LA Occasions, his shopper “fully supports and will cooperate with the police inquiry and is confident of a swift resolution.”
You’ll be able to learn Simmons’ full assertion concerning the accusations under:
I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.
I’m blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether or not by means of work or love, with many nice ladies; and I’ve monumental respect for the ladies’s motion worldwide and their wrestle for respect, dignity, equality and energy. I’m devastated by any cause I’ll have given to anybody to say or consider me within the methods which are at present being described. In current weeks, some former enterprise, artistic and romantic companions have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In a few of these situations, monetary motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been provided to the media, which has been utterly disregarded of tales. In the previous few days, one lady tried to extort me for $500,00zero solely to recant her ridiculous declare. The present allegations despatched to me by The New York Occasions vary from the patently unfaithful to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of harmless till confirmed responsible should not get replaced by “Guilty by Accusation.”
I’ve already apologized for the situations of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations. I’ve separated myself from my companies and charities with a view to not grow to be a distraction. I’ve re-dedicated myself to religious studying, therapeutic and dealing on behalf of the communities to which I’ve devoted my life. I’ve accepted that I can and will get dust on my sleeves if it means witnessing the start of a brand new consciousness about ladies. What I can’t settle for is duty for what I’ve not achieved. I’ve carried out my life with a message of peace and love. Though I’ve been candid about how I’ve lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I’ll relentlessly battle towards any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a person of violence.
Simmons has additionally taken to social media in an effort to answer the accusations, launching a #NotMe marketing campaign.
“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the declare that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo,” he wrote on Instagram on December 14. “Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo. It’s just a statement about my innocence.”
Listed here are the 13 ladies who’ve accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct:
1. Keri Claussen Khalighi
Keri Claussen Khalighi was the primary lady to return ahead with an accusation towards Russell Simmons. In a November 19 article, she advised the Los Angeles Occasions that she was sexually assaulted by Simmons in 1991 when she was a 17-year-old mannequin who had just lately left Nebraska.
She stated she met Simmons and Brett Ratner, then a music video producer, at a casting name, and went to dinner with them. Khalighi advised the newspaper that they then went to Simmons house so they might present her a music video they have been engaged on. Khalighi stated Simmons started making aggressive sexual advances and taking off her garments. Khalighi stated she was coerced into oral intercourse and was then raped by Simmons whereas she was having a shower.
“Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” Simmons advised the Occasions.
Khalighi informed Megyn Kelly that Simmons privately apologized to her.
“Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this,” Khalighi informed Kelly on November 22. “We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute of what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized. Part of what’s so confusing and re-traumatizing is what he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different than what’s come out publicly. And that’s the piece that’s been really, really, really upsetting, disappointing and quite honestly, just repugnant with the hypocrisy and the lies and the denial.”
Simmons denies that he apologized to her. On December 14, TMZ reported that Simmons took a polygraph check concerning the Khalighi accusation. His lawyer says the outcomes present that Simmons didn’t sexually assault her. Simmons invited Khalighi and his different accusers to take a polygraph, and stated he plans to take extra checks in an try and show his innocence within the different allegations.
2. Jenny Lumet
Screenwriter Jenny Lumet got here ahead in a visitor column in The Hollywood Reporter on November 29, writing that Simmons sexually violated her. Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, wrote that she first met Simmons in 1987 and he pursued her through the years.
She stated that in 1991, when she was 24, Simmons provided to provide her a experience residence. Lumet wrote that she tried to provide her handle to Simmons’ driver, however he as an alternative took her to Simmons’ house. She stated the automotive doorways have been locked and she or he couldn’t get out. Lumet stated she advised Simmons “no” twice.
“I felt dread and disorientation. I wanted to go home. I said I wanted to go home. I didn’t recognize the man next to me,” she wrote. “I didn’t know if the situation would turn violent. I remember thinking that I must be crazy; I remember hoping that the Russell I knew would return any moment.”
She wrote that she was raped once they obtained into his house:
You moved me right into a bed room. I stated ‘Wait.’ You stated nothing.
I made the commerce in my thoughts. I assumed ‘just keep him calm and you’ll get residence.’ Perhaps one other individual would have thought in a different way, or not made the commerce.
It was darkish, however not pitch darkish. You closed the door.
At that time, I merely did what I used to be advised.
There was penetration. At one level you have been solely semi-erect and appeared annoyed. Indignant? I keep in mind being afraid that you’d deem that my fault and turn out to be violent. I didn’t know in the event you have been indignant, however I used to be afraid that you simply have been.
I desperately needed to maintain the state of affairs from escalating. I needed you to really feel that I used to be not going to be troublesome. I needed to remain as contained as I might.
Lumet wrote, “There is so much guilt, and so much shame. There is an excruciating internal reckoning. As a woman of color, I cannot express how wrenching it is to write this about a successful man of color. Again, shame about who I was years ago, choices made years ago. In this very moment, I feel a pang to protect your daughters. I don’t think you are inclined to protect mine.”
Simmons stated in response to her column, “I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991. I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely apologize.”
Three. Drew Dixon
Drew Dixon stated she was raped by Simmons in 1995 when she was working as an government at Def Jam, based on the New York Occasions. Dixon, then 24, advised the newspaper she was sexually harassed after which sexually assaulted by Simmons.
Dixon advised the Occasions he would speak graphically about how she aroused him throughout work telephone calls, requested her to take a seat on his lap at a employees assembly and commonly uncovered his erect penis to her. She stated he then raped her in his New York house, resulting in her quitting Def Jam.
“I was broken,” she advised the newspaper.
Dixon stated she had gone to Simmons’ house and rejected his sexual advances a number of occasions. “I remember realizing I was cornered,” she advised the newspaper.
“The last thing I remember was him pinning me down to kiss me on the bed,” she stated. She then remembers being bare with Simmons in his scorching tub. She advised the Occasions she wasn’t consuming and doesn’t assume she was drugged, however believes she disassociated herself from the expertise.
Simmons denied the accusation and advised the Occasions he by no means had intercourse with Dixon.
Dixon later sued Simmons for sexual harassment they usually settled in 1997, in response to the Occasions. She stated she accepted about $30,00zero.
“I was like, ‘I do not want to be famous for being sexually harassed by Russell Simmons,’” she informed the Occasions. “I want to make records and be famous for that.”
Dixon stated she Simmons later apologized to her at an business occasion years later.
“He said, ‘I have daughters and I do yoga now, Drew, and I know what I did was wrong, and I’m sorry,’” she informed the Occasions.
four. Tina Baker
Tina Baker, a singer, advised the New York Occasions she was raped by Simmons within the early 1990s when he was her supervisor.
Baker informed the newspaper she was raped in both 1990 or 1991 at Simmons’ New York Metropolis condo. She stated she went there for a piece assembly and it “all got really ugly, pretty fast.” She stated Simmons began pouring drinks and tried to kiss her. She stated she remembered “him on top of me, pushing me down and him saying, ‘Don’t fight me.’ I did nothing, I shut my eyes and waited for it to end.”
Based on Baker, she was nonetheless in a enterprise relationship with Simmons after the sexual assault and had to return to his house once more. She stated that in that second go to to the condo, Simmons pulled out his erect penis and she or he fled.
“I didn’t sing for almost a year,” Baker advised the Occasions. “I went into oblivion.”
Simmons denied the accusations.
5. Toni Sallie
Toni Sallie informed the New York Occasions she was raped by Simmons in 1988. Sallie, a radio reporter, stated she had first met him on an task they usually went on a couple of dates earlier than realizing it wasn’t understanding.
Sallie informed the Occasions that the sexual assault occurred when Simmons invited her to a celebration at his condominium. When she confirmed up on the condominium, he was the one one there.
“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” she advised the newspaper. “We were fighting. I said no.”
Sallie, who stated she informed two associates and a colleague concerning the rape after it occurred, bumped into Simmons in South Florida a yr later at a music convention. She stated she resisted his try and take her to a darkish seashore after which he chased her into a toilet and grabbed her hair. Sallie stated she was capable of escape to her room.
Sallie stated she didn’t know what would occur if she reported the assault.
“If I went to the police, I didn’t know how that would turn out,” she advised the Occasions. “You have to understand, I was very much in a man’s game. Black women were just starting to break into the field.”
Sallie advised the Occasions that to today, “I don’t feel comfortable in a room full of men. I felt alone for 29 years, like nobody would listen to me.”
6. Sherri Hines
Sherri Hines, a singer who glided by the identify Sheri Sher within the all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Women, advised the Los Angeles Occasions that she was raped by Simmons in 1983 after assembly him at a nightclub. Hines stated she was about 17 or 18. They have been on a sofa collectively within the workplace, she stated.
“The next thing I knew, he was pinning me down and I was trying to fight him and he had his way. I left crying,” she informed the LA Occasions.
Simmons denied the incident occurred.
7. Christina Moore
Christina Moore informed the New York Occasions she met Simmons in 2014 with a good friend on the Soho Seashore Home in Miami in the course of the Artwork Basel pageant. Moore, then 26, stated she and her pal went to his room after they met in an elevator. She stated Simmons began to run a shower.
In response to Moore, Simmons started placing his “hands all over my body, up and down. I felt assaulted.” She stated Simmons advised her she was a nasty woman and threatened to tie her up, in line with the Occasions.
“I felt a lot of shame and guilt at ending up in that situation,” she advised the Occasions.
Simmons advised the Occasions he remembered assembly Moore and her pal. He stated they adopted him to his room of their very own accord and have been asking him about moving into events. His lawyer advised the newspaper that he began the bathtub as a “signal to Ms. Moore and her friend to leave” and denied any misconduct.
eight. Natashia Williams-Blach
Natashia Williams-Blach, an actress who appeared within the Simmons-produced “How to Be a Player,” advised the Los Angeles Occasions that he tried to pressure her to carry out oral intercourse in his home after taking her to a yoga class in 1996 when she was 18.
She stated that she was then a UCLA scholar and eliminated herself from the state of affairs by saying she needed to go to a research group.
9. Erin Beattie
Erin Beattie, a therapeutic massage therapist, stated she met Simmons in Seattle in 2005 at a lodge, the place she gave him a therapeutic massage, in accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions. She stated Simmons made lewd sexual feedback towards her.
Beattie stated the incident occurred in his room on the Alexis Lodge when she was 24. Based on Beattie, he uncovered his penis about midway by means of the session and, “He was like, ‘Do you want to work this out?’”
She informed the newspaper, “He just expected that that was what was going to happen. He couldn’t believe I would say no.”
Simmons recalled joking a few “happy ending,” his lawyer informed the newspaper. “Mr. Simmons regrets any offense that Ms. Beattie took to that remark either back then or now.”
10. Karen Russell
Karen Russell labored as the overall supervisor at Tantris, a West Hollywood yoga studio Simmons based.
She informed the Los Angeles Occasions that he used his place to pursue ladies.
“Not only are you a multimillionaire, now you claim to be a teacher for yoga, you create and open up a sacred space. That’s a whole ’nother level,” she informed the Occasions. “I witnessed this type of behavior condoned by staff.”
Simmons lawyer informed the LA Occasions that Russell is a disgruntled former worker and denied benefiting from any ladies on the studio.
11. Lisa Kirk
Lisa Kirk informed the Los Angeles Occasions that Simmons tried to sexually assault her in 1988 at a celebration at Carmelita’s Reception Home in New York Metropolis. She was in her 20s and had beforehand dated one among Simmons’ shut buddies.
Kirk advised the newspaper that Simmons adopted her into the toilet and pushed her right into a stall. “I smashed into the wall,” Kirk, now 50, informed the newspaper. “It tore my clothes.”
She stated Simmons then began to take his erect penis out of his pants and she or he caught his eye. She stated he “looked mortified and literally ran out of the bathroom.”
Kirk informed the newspaper she left the membership. “It was not something you could just kind of dance away,” she stated.
Simmons’ lawyer referred to as Kirk’s accusation ” outrageous, unverifiable claims.”
12. Amanda Seales
Comic Amanda Seales, who stars in HBO’s “Insecure,” advised the Los Angeles Occasions she met Simmons at his workplace in 2016 to speak about probably working collectively.
She stated Simmons used vulgar language and requested if that they had had intercourse earlier than. When she stated no, Seales stated he responded, “Oh, right. ‘Cause I would’ve remembered that, right?’”
Seales first talked concerning the encounter on Instagram on December 1.
PSA: For anybody who says, “Why’d they wait so long?” You wait as a result of as a lady raised in a patriarchal, “Bros before Hoes”, sexist, “but what were you wearing” society you perceive energy dynamics and that even when there are witnesses to any degree of sexual harassment/assault it’s going to all the time be you who’s questioned for incurring the offense. You wait as a result of you already know your imaginative and prescient is greater than their indiscretion and refuse to let it derail you out of your objectives. You wait since you don’t even need to acknowledge the fuckery for longer than you must when you recognize the chances are there can be no penalties, you’ll be dismissed, or worse defiled but once more and would relatively get on with the constructive issues in your life. You wait as a result of, particularly when it’s a black man of status, you’re conditioned to not converse defamatory truths for worry it is going to undermine their contributions to the group. Lastly, you wait, since you don’t even wanna consider it ya rattling self. Regardless of how seemingly benign or intrusive, nobody needs to endure this, notably in skilled settings. But, so many people have so many of those tales and we come to function like a clandestine anti-#creeplifes coalition of alerting others to, “watch out for so and so”. Let that be no extra. It isn’t okay. It isn’t the tradition. It isn’t your fault. Expose them. #igstorygems
She stated she then acquired a name from an worker of Rush Communications, Hasuan Muhammad, who was additionally within the assembly. “He said he wanted to get my point of view on what happened,” Seales informed the newspaper. “I said, ‘There isn’t really anything else to say. You were sitting right next to me. What is the confusion?’ He said he didn’t feel that Russell had done anything wrong and was just being flirty.”
Simmons denied appearing inappropriately and Muhammad advised the Occasions, “I never witnessed anything inappropriate occurring in words or action between her and Mr. Simmons.”
13. Kelly Cutrone
Kelly Cutrone, who based the powerhouse style PR agency Individuals’s Revolution and starred in MTV’s “The Hills” and “America’s Next Top Model,” advised the New York Submit’s Web page Six that Simmons tried to rape her in 1991.
Cutrone advised Web page Six that she was 26 when she ran into Simmons, an off-the-cuff acquaintance, at a celebration after which walked with him to a different celebration. She stated he invited her to his condo and when she declined, Simmons stated he wanted to go to a good friend’s home. She stated she would go there with him, however Cutrone believes he took her to his condominium as an alternative.
“He pushed me into his apartment and then he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to grab … take my clothes off of me,” Cutrone advised Web page Six, “And I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f–k off of me. And that I would have him killed if he ever f–king laid a hand on me.”
She stated she then ran out of the condominium.
“(Simmons) was just really shaken up and I f–king split. I remember running out the door and getting a cab and all I remember was that I got in a cab and I remember a feeling — which was so crazy — of, ‘Oh my god. Somebody just tried to rape me. What do I do?’ And then the energy of going to the police and pressing charges against him was overwhelming to me,” she advised Web page Six.
Cutrone stated she got here ahead due to Simmons’ #NotMe assertion on social media, saying she was going to “#YeahYou” him.
“It’s a call to every man who wants the right to abuse women to continue,” she stated of his newest response to the accusations. “All these guys (who have been accused of rape, including Simmons and Harvey Weinstein) have been doing is, like, go, like, ‘Hey, I’m really, really sorry and I’m going to step away from my business. But you know what, a lot of these women have to go to work everyday because they have to pay bills and they haven’t made $100 million.”