Music mogul Russell Simmons denies sexual misconduct allegations


Last month, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons first faced sexual misconduct allegations when he and director Brett Ratner were accused of assaulting Keri Claussen Khalighi.

In a statement to The New York Times, Simmons, 60, said: "I vehemently deny all these allegations".

At least three women say that they were raped by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who recently left his business empire following abuse allegations, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

In the report published by The Times, several women working under Russell from the 1980's up until the late 1990's experienced overtly aggressive and sexual behavior.

"I didn't want to cut off my one conduit to having any hope of a career", Dixon, the former Def Jam music exec, told the New York Times. Once she was there, she said, he raped her. Baker's professional career with Simmons continued after that and she recounted another episode where he exposed himself to her and moved towards her, but she escaped. The current allegations sent to me by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful.

Baker alleged Simmons raped her in the early '90s when he was her manager.

Dixon told the paper that she rejected Simmons' sexual advances many times that night and even told him that she was unable to have sex because of a recent gynecological procedure.

"I was broken", she told the Times.

Christina Moore and a friend met Simmons in 2014 in the elevator of Miami's Soho Beach House.

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She quit her position at Def Jam soon after.

"The next thing I knew, he was pinning me down and I was trying to fight him and he had his way", Hines told the L.A. Times. Dixon told the Times Russell would expose himself to her and talk openly about how she aroused him. The accusations, laid out in major exposés in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, span a time period of 33 years.

In a statement to the Times, Simmons "vehemently" denied all four allegations, and said the claims "shocked (him) to (his) core", as he believed they were all consensual.

Shortly after that, the Los Angeles Times released a piece of their own in which five more women accuse Simmons of sexual misconduct. In 1988, Simmons allegedly invited her to his apartment for a party he was throwing his girlfriend. 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..."

Comedian Amanda Seales says she went to Simmons' office for a meeting in 2016 only to be lewdly asked by Simmons if they had sex in the past. In the last few days, one woman attempted to extort me for $500,000 only to recant her ridiculous claim.

"He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me..." After Lumet told her story, Simmons denied any wrong doing but stepped down from his companies.

The music mogul has denied the claims. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by "Guilty by Accusation". 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.

"While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize", he said.