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Music mogul Russell Simmons accused of rape by three women

Russell Simmons Music mogul Russell Simmons accused of rape by three women
Noah Ferguson | 17 December, 2017, 03:10

Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman in incidents dating back to 1983, including four who alleged that he raped them, according to separate reports in two US newspapers.

But on Wednesday after the reports by the LA Times and New York Times were published, Simmons issued a much more strongly worded statement denying the accusations.

Music mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons is "vehemently" denying he raped at least three women dating back to the late 1980s. She claims she told Simmons she would either leave or she would finish the massage as long as he agreed that he wouldn't try to initiate any more sexual activities, and the rest of the massage passed without another incident.

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California, U.S. March 7, 2010.

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".

But he "emphatically states that he did not have sex with her", his lawyer said. 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. Simmons released a statement last night saying he "vehemently denies all these allegations", adding that they shocked him to his core.

In The New York Times story, former Def Jam employee Drew Dixon, singer Tina Baker and music journalist Toni Sallie all accused Simmons of rape. Following the supposed attack, Baker says her career "went into oblivion", and personally, the PTSD prevented her from pursuing sex with men for nearly a decade after. Many of these women said Simmons exposed himself to them.

Simmons said he never had sex with Baker.

A fourth woman, Christina Moore, claimed Simmons groped her in a Miami hotel room in 2014 before she and a friend hurriedly left, according to the report. "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges".

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself". Following Lumet's claims, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its "All Def Comedy" show. "I am a supporter of the #MeToo campaign and the victims who were previously terrified to stand up and speak out against sexual misconduct". The former label head-turned-wellness impresario denied those claims as well and responded to them - as he did numerous new accounts - saying he remembered the events differently. "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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