Four Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape

Russell Simmons

Four Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape

The LOS ANGELES TIMES is reporting that five more women have accused music mogul and entrepreneur RUSSELL SIMMONS of sexual misconduct, including one alleging that she was raped by SIMMONS.

The four women - three of whom claim Simmons raped them - came forward to the New York Times Wednesday, one month after Simmons stepped down from his companies in light of two other similar allegations.

Dixon, a former executive at Def Jam Records, alleges Simmons would speak graphically about how Dixon aroused him, asked her to sit on his lap, exposed himself to her and raped her in his Manhattan apartment. After the attack, she contemplated leaving the music industry, but her role in the soundtrack for The Show eventually helped propel her to more success in the business.

Toni Sallie, a journalist for the trade publication Black Radio Exclusive, met Simmons while on assignment in 1987 and went on a few dates with him, before she chose to stop seeing him. She ran into Simmons at a club where he invited her back to his apartment to go over her career.

Simmons, 60, denied the allegations, saying in a statement provided to NBC News on Wednesday: "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual". She detailed how she was 24 at the time had known Simmons socially, but one night he allegedly forced her to come back to his Manhattan apartment, locking her inside his SUV and using his bodyguard to usher her upstairs. She told the Times that fending off Simmons "was a full-time job", and Simmons, through his lawyer, acknowledged that he engaged in "inappropriate conduct" with Dixon.

And in 2014, Christina Moore said she and a friend ran into Simmons at Art Basel in Miami.

Simmons has denied all allegations in a statement to New York Times. HBO subsequently severed its business ties with Simmons, removing his name and likeness from an airing of All Def Comedy. "I have enormous respect for the women's movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power". I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women. Through his lawyer, Simmons told the Times he had "no recollection of ever having any sexual relations with Ms. Baker". She alleged that's where he raped her. "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 at the time.

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

"He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me", she said. In late November, Simmons announced that he would be stepping away from his businesses after writer Jenny Lumet accused him of rape. 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. I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life. After the assault, she said, "I went into oblivion".

He said he would "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence". Simmons was always present for those sessions, in the middle of the room, she said.

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