Russel Simmons Releases Statement After Rape Allegations Surface

Russell Simmons

The American music mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons has been accused by nine women of sexual misconduct and rape across three decades.

Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times reported other allegations of sexual assault against the mogul. She alleges that Simmons attempted to assault her after they took a yoga class together.

"I vehemently deny all these allegations", Simmons said in a statement to the New York Times.

Since stepping down from his business in November after being accused by two women of sexual misconduct, the Def Jam Records co-founder is facing new allegations that span from the 1980s to as recent as 2016.

Accusations about Simmons' misbehavior entered the spotlight last month after model Keri Claussen Khalighi publicly accused the rap mogul of sexually assaulting her and intimidating her into performing oral sex on him when she was 17 years old in 1991. He added, "While there are many women with whom I have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, I regret with my whole heart any conduct that has led anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are now being written". The boss allegedly told her that the behavior was common for Simmons and that they've "always been able to handle it and clean up his mess". Drew Dixon, a former music executive at Def Jam and other labels, said that Simmons regularly sexually harassed her while she worked for him in the 1990s and raped her in 1995. He said Wednesday he has since "re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life". I want to restate categorically what I have said previously: "I have never been violent or abusive to any women in any way at any time in my entire life". She said he led her to his bedroom, pushed her on the bed, jumped on top of her and "physically attacked me".

BuzzFeed News reached out to multiple women named in both reports, including Beattie, Sallie, and Dixon, as well as to the local authorities where the alleged assaults occurred. He raped her, she said, and a year later attacked her at a music conference in South Florida.

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Seales said Simmons used vulgar language to ask if they had ever had sex. She fought him and said no, but he raped her, she said.

"I felt a lot of shame and guilt at ending up in that situation", she said.

She recalled visiting him at one of his NY offices that he had just moved into, which were sparsely furnished, but she couldn't remember the building's exact location.

The L.A. Times' report also detailed two alleged incidents that happened years before Simmons opened Tantris. But Baker said things "got really ugly, pretty fast" shortly after she arrived. "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".

Another woman, Tina Baker, a performer, alleged that Simmons raped her in the early '90s, when he was her manager. 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..." She posted a video about the incident to Instagram on DECEMBER 1st and was later told by a SIMMONS employee who had been present at the meeting that SIMMONS was "just being flirty".

I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations.

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