Kelly Cutrone will not be silenced…
Allegedly, the Def Jam co-founder “pushed me into his apartment and then he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to grab├óΓé¼┬ª take my clothes off of me.” Fortunately, the publicist “started kicking him really, really hard” and immediately fled the residence.
As of this writing, at least 12 women have accused the mogul of sexual misconduct, with some claiming rape.
On Friday, Cutrone wrote a piece for The Cut where she opens up about her decision to share her harrowing story.
Even after hearing about Harvey Weinstein‘s scandal, the 52-year-old wasn’t convinced she should go public with her account. She writes:
“When the Harvey Weinstein story broke, people who knew about what happened with Russell asked me if I would come forward. I was hesitant. I didn’t want to call attention to myself and the past. I figured too much time had gone by, anyway, and who would believe me? No one else had come forward about him. Though I was amazed and proud of the women who were naming other powerful men, I didn’t see myself as one of those people, yet.”
After Simmons posted a December 14 Instagram post — where he denies the allegations using the #NOTME hashtag — Cutrone finally felt compelled to come forward.
“On December 14, the morning after nine women accused Russell of rape in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, I woke up and saw Russell’s #NOTME statement on Instagram. ‘Today, I begin to properly defend myself,’ he wrote. ‘I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.’ I was in shock. In that moment, I was brought back to that Tribeca apartment all those years ago. I remembered kicking him, screaming at him to get off me. I remembered how scared I’d felt. And here he was denying what had happened. I was furious. I was furious for me, for the women who had already come forward against him, and for all the women who had yet to speak to up.”‘
As seen here:
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 claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We├óΓé¼Γäóll 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├óΓé¼Γäós just a statement about my innocence.A post shared by Russell Simmons (@unclerush) on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:32am PST
Out of everything, The Hills alum is fearful that the #NOTME hashtag is going to diminish the stories of women who have been victimized by sexual misconduct.
“As a publicist, I knew the calculated power of a hashtag. I knew it was a rallying cry, a subversive signal to other men. I knew how dangerous it could be. #NOTME had the potential to undermine the work that so many women had done ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to undermine the strength of their voices by creating a movement of people who doubt women. I knew exactly what he was doing. But communications is my job and there was no way I was going to let him get away with a tactic like that. So, I decided how to hit back. I called Oliver Coleman at Page Six and finally told my story.”
Truly powerful words…
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