NYPD reviewing rape claims against Russell Simmons as another accuser comes forward

Four Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape

Russell Simmons, the embattled entertainment mogul who recently stepped down from his businesses amid allegations of sexual misconduct, has been accused of similar impropriety by nine more women, according to separate exposés published by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual", he said.

A former music journalist named Toni Sallie alleges that after going on a few dates with Simmons and deciding the relationship had run its course, he invited her to his home under the false pretense that he was throwing a party. Late last month, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its All Def Comedy show in the wake of an allegation by screenwriter Jenny Lumet, who said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop. In a lengthier statement, he added: "I vehemently deny all these allegations".

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Simmons used the hashtag #NotMe, in contrast with the #MeToo hashtag used by millions of women on social media to share their stories of sexual abuse. "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges", Simmons wrote Thursday on Instagram.

In that November statement, Simmons said he would "commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening".

The women said they made a decision to come forward and tell their stories after dozens of victims publicly detailed alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.

Moore said she first met Simmons in an elevator at the exclusive Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, where she was to meet up with some friends at a bar. She said he led her to his bedroom, pushed her on the bed, jumped on top of her and "physically attacked me".

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"Today, I begin to properly defend myself". My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. "I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence".

Over and over, the women said they had waited so many years to come forward out of fear of retaliation, particularly given Simmons' position atop a vast empire of production, fashion, and lifestyle business ventures.

Also on Thursday, the New York Police Department confirmed that it is investigating the rape claims and are reaching out to the alleged victims. Simmons said he had a different memory of the night but apologized.

"What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done", the statement said.

Simmons and fellow producer Rick Rubin helped bring hip-hop to wide USA audiences in the 1980s.

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