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Music mogul Russell Simmons says he will 'defend' himself following rape claims

17 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons accused of rape by four women

The allegations reported by the Times today stem from the 1980s and 1990s and mark the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere.

The Def Jam Recordings cofounder issued a statement in response to the allegations made against him on November 19.

Cutrone told Page Six that she was inspired to tell her story because of Simmons' recent denial of stories of sexual assault and harassment that he has been charged with.

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He has not been involved with the company or Green Dot since the acquisition was finalized in February, a Green Dot spokesman said.

"What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done", the statement said. After a showing her around, she said, he brought her into his bedroom and raped her. Each accuser had multiple friends or associates provide corroborating accounts to the Times of being told about the alleged rapes shortly after they would have occurred.

As told, Simmons has now been accused of sexual misconduct by 11 women. "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all my relations have been consensual", the Def Jam Records co-founder told the newspaper. Four of the women say Simmons raped them. Numerous alleged victims have now left the music industry - either as artists or executives - due largely to their negative experiences with Simmons, they said.

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She added, "Then what would happen afterward - and this would happen years afterward - I'd be at a table and Russell f-king Simmons would come up to the table and then people would be like, 'Kelly, do you know Russell?,' and I'd be like, 'Yes, I know Russell - he tried to rape me'".

Simmons stepped down from his businesses after Lumet's accusation and released the following statement to Us Weekly: "I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet's recollection about our night together in 1991".

Sallie was a music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive when she met Simmons while on assignment in 1987. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by "Guilty by Accusation". Cutrone says that after the incident, the idea of going to the police felt "overwhelming", though she did tell a friend, Tatijana Shoan, about the encounter. "Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence".

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It made stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, and its roster now includes Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Alessia Cara, Jeremih, Jeezy, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean, Nas and 2 Chainz.

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