Russell Simmons responds to new sexual misconduct allegations

Russell Simmons accused of rape sexual harassment

Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times reported other allegations of sexual assault against the mogul.

Simmons is just the latest powerful man in entertainment to be accused of sexual assault or harassment in the months since the New York Times and the New Yorker published reports detailing decades of serial sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein.

He supplied the following statement to The Times: "I'm proud of my track record promoting, supporting and uplifting women at every company I've ever run".

LISA KIRK said that SIMMONS tried to assault her in 1988, following her into a women's restroom at a NY club and pushing her into a stall; she said she looked him in the eye as he was taking his penis out of his trousers, whereupon he "looked mortified and literally ran out of the bathroom".

Dixon said she was raped by Simmons in his downtown office and she quit the label soon after.

Instead, she alleged that the 60-year-old pinned her down on the bed and raped her.

Music producer Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by three women. Later, Simmons again denied Khalighi's allegations in a letter to THR: "I have never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life". "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core, and all of my relations have been consensual", he said. The full statement can be found here on the NY Times website.

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Each of the women interviewed had their stories corroborated by friends, family members, or acquaintances who confirmed they had heard the allegations either in the immediate aftermath of the alleged incidents or years after but before other reports of misconduct began circulating.

Dixon told the New York Times that she had put up with Simmons's initial behaviour as she didn't want to disrupt her own journey in music, saying: "I didn't want to cut off my one conduit to having any hope of a career". The story is corroborated by a friend at the time whom she confided in after it happened. He raped her, said Sallie.

Two weeks after music mogul Russell Simmons stepped down from his companies following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, more allegations have come to light. When the young actress went to check out promotional videos of "How to Be a Player", he tried to kiss her, she said.

Simmons admitted through an attorney that he participated in "inappropriate conduct" with Dixon when she worked for him. She stayed in touch with him for professional reasons and recalled an instance in his apartment, where she'd gone for a business meeting.

Sallie also accused Simmons of physically attacking her years later at a hotel, claiming he grabbed her hair and chased her into a women's bathroom before she was able to lock herself in her hotel room. But in the fall of 1988, she says the mogul invited her to his Manhattan apartment for a party he was hosting for his girlfriend. Khalighi said Simmons assaulted her and coerced her into performing oral sex while Brett Ratner was present, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times on November 19. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by "Guilty by Accusation".

"What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done", Simmons said in his statement. I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted to my life.

"I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations", Simmons wrote.

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