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Russell Simmons Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Russell Simmons Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations”

"We have no other projects with Russell Simmons". As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don't want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. "I said I wanted to go home", Lumet wrote in the letter of the 1991 incident.

"I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating".

Simmons says in a statement released after the essay that although Lumet's memory of the night is "very different" from his, it's clear to him "that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real".

"I'm deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri's assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend", Simmons said in the statement.

In response to Lumet's allegations, Simmon admitted to being "thoughtless and insensitive" in relationships "over many decades" and announced that he would remove himself from his various companies.

Lumet said she went public after model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his NY apartment in 1991.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, gave campaign donations from hip hop mogul Russell Simmons to charity on Thursday, an aide to her Senate campaign confirmed to Business Insider. The group is widely hailed as an early pioneer of hip hop music.

Simmons, 60, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Records and also a film producer, apologized for his behavior in a statement on his Instagram site. Some of the biggest names in hip hop have at one point or another been signed to the label: Jay-Z, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and now Iggy Azalea and Justin Bieber to name a few.

Simmons stepped down from his companies and will no longer be involved with HBO. In 1995, he and his brothers, Rev. Simmons was named a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations in 2009 and has also been a strong supporter of gay rights and animal rights. In 2016, he opened a yoga studio in Los Angeles called Tantris.

Simmons' scandal marks the second time in a month that HBO has been embroiled in the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing much of the media and entertainment sectors from Hollywood to 30 Rock. The accused include Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter, actors Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor, writer-director James Toback and TV anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.

Reuters could not independently confirm the allegation and representatives for Simmons did not reply to a request for comment.



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