Things aren’t looking good for Russell Simmons…
On Wednesday, two reports — one from the New York Times, the other from the Los Angeles Times — were published, where a total of nine new woman are accusing the Def Jam co-founder of sexual assault or harassment.
As we previously reported, the CEO of Rush Communications was previously accused of sexual misconduct by model Keri Claussen Khalighi and screenwriter Jenny Lumet. On record, he denies ever being “violent” with both women, though he did step down from business following Lumet’s guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.
In the New York Times piece, four women go on record, with three accusing Simmons of rape.
Former Def Jam exec Drew Dixon says Simmons raped her in 1995 at his downtown Manhattan apartment, and quit the label soon after.
“I was broken.”
Singer Tina Baker says the now-60-year-old raped her in the early ’90s when he was her manager.
“I didn’t sing for almost a year.”
Music journalist Toni Sallie dated Kimora Lee Simmons‘ ex in 1987, but realized they weren’t compatible. In 1988, after being invited to a party at his Manhattan apartment, Sallie arrived and was the only person there with Simmons.
“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me… We were fighting. I said no.”
While Sallie contacted the Manhattan district attorney’s office this year, the case fell outside the statute of limitations.
Christina Moore and a friend met Simmons in 2014 in the elevator of Miami’s Soho Beach House. After allegedly leading them to a room, Simmons began running a bath, pushed Moore against a column, and had his “hands all over my body, up and down… I felt assaulted.” She was 26 at the time of the alleged incident.
In the Los Angeles Times piece, five additional women accuse Simmons of sexual misconduct.
After taking her to a hot yoga class in 1996, How to Be a Player actress Natashia Williams-Blach says the entrepreneur tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
“He pushes the crown of my head swiftly down while he’s got his hand on his zipper. It was just a few seconds.”
Seattle massage therapist Erin Beattie says the mogul exposed himself and asked her to touch his penis during a treatment in 1995.
“He was like, ‘Do you want to work this out?’… He just expected that that was what was going to happen… He couldn’t believe I would say no.”‘
Sherri Hines, who was in the all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies, says the author raped her in his office in 1983.
“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.”
In 1988, Lisa Kirk says Simmons pushed her into a stall at a New York nightclub.
“I smashed into the wall… It tore my clothes.”
He allegedly tried to take out his penis until she caught his eye.
“He looked mortified and literally ran out of the bathroom.”
In September 2016, comedian and Insecure star Amanda Seales says Simmons used vulgar language with her during a meeting. She first spoke about the alleged incident in an Instagram video posted December 1.
Additionally, according to former general manager Karen Russell — who worked at Simmons’ yoga studio Tantris in Los Angeles — the mogul used his position of power to pursue women. She says a teacher (not included in the list of five) once complained that Simmons was aggressively courting her despite the fact she had a boyfriend.
Reportedly, another instructor — who did not want to be named — ended up leaving earlier this year because of Simmons’ controlling nature, and the way Tantris sexualized women.
Manager Karen ended up quitting in February due to Simmons’ harsh demands.
In a statement sent to USA TODAY and the NYT, Simmons says:
“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
Additionally, he will “relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence” and says he has “already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations.”
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