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Russell Simmons Steps Down From Businesses After Screenwriter Jenny Lumet Accuses Him Of Sexually Violating Her — Read Her Terrifying Account

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Russell Simmons has stepped down from his businesses in response to screenwriter Jenny Lumet's account of a dreadful encounter she had with the music mogul back in 1991.

Last week, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder denied allegations made by Keri Claussen Khalighi, who accused him of sexual assault and harassment in a November 19 article in the Los Angeles Times.

The denial, in which Simmons claimed he "would never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone," prompted Lumet, daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, to share her own fearful experience with Simmons.

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In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, the Rachel Getting Married scribe recalled Simmons offering her a ride home from a club one night in 1991. Lumet said she felt comfortable taking the offer, as the two had previously worked together on a film and had run in the same party circuit together.

But once Lumet gave her address to Simmons' driver, that's when the producer turned into someone she didn't recognize — she claims he said "no" and told the driver to go to his own residence instead.

From there, Lumet felt "dread and disorientation" as she was "maneuvered" by Russell and his driver into the apartment elevator, at which point his driver left them alone. Despite crying "wait" multiple times, Lumet says Russell did nothing but continue to guide her to

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