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Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape, Sexual Assault

Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape, Sexual Assault”

The owner of popular prepaid debit card brand RushCard is distancing itself from the brand's co-founder, Russell Simmons, in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the hip-hop impresario.

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

Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and again on Thursday, writing on Instagram that "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges".

Cutrone told Page Six that she was inspired to tell her story because of Simmons' recent denial of stories of sexual assault and harassment that he has been charged with.

"We were fighting. I said no", she was quoted as saying.

After sitting down on a couch, she said, he pinned her down and raped her despite her attempts to fight him off.

In each case, friends and associates of the accusers said they had been told of the incidents at the time, the paper said.

Other women who spoke out relayed stories of alleged misconduct by Simmons, ranging from an assault inside a nightclub bathroom, to using his position at Tantric yoga studios to pressure instructors and members into sexually inappropriate situations.

Simmons, in a statement, has denied the claims, describing them as horrific and saying they have shocked him to the core.

Simmons, 60, who cofounded the legendary Def Jam Records label, stepped down from all his companies last month after two women accused him of forcing them into having sex with him.

Though Khalighi said Simmons forced her to perform oral sex on him while filmmaker Brett Ratner - who himself has been accused by numerous women of sexual assault - watched, the music mogul has maintained that their encounter was "completely consensual".

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. She said they remained cordial, and he invited her to a party at his apartment that he said he was holding for his girlfriend, but when she arrived, the apartment was empty except for Simmons.

Toni Sallie was a 28-year-old music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive when she met Simmons while on assignment in 1987. I have separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction. Simmons said the sex with Ms Klalighi was consensual. Following Lumet's claims, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its "All Def Comedy" show.

It made stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, and its roster now includes Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Alessia Cara, Jeremih, Jeezy, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean, Nas and 2 Chainz.



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