Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 3 Women

Kelly Cutrone Accuses Russell Simmons of Attempted Rape Amid NYPD Investigation

Kelly Cutrone Accuses Russell Simmons of Attempted Rape Amid NYPD Investigation

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. Once they arrived, Simmons began pouring her drinks and trying to kiss her. Baker claims he was "on top of me, pushing me down and him saying, 'Don't fight me.'" She said she "did nothing, I shut my eyes and waited for it to end".

Baker states her one-time manager Simmons raped her at his apartment in 1991, after inviting her back to his apartment. Baker said she was unable to effectively extricate herself from her contract with Simmons and her musical career became stagnate as a outcome. And in the Fall of 1998 music journalist Toni Sallie says she was raped by Simmons in a Manhattan apartment that he lured her to by telling her there was a party for his girlfriend there. She claims Simmons would verbally harass her, show her his erect penis, and, eventually, he raped her.

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

Simmons issued a statement to the L.A. Times, the statement reads, "These new stories range from patently untrue to frivolous and hurtful claims".

In addition, two former employees at his TANTRIS yoga studio said that the business had a "sexually-charged and tense atmosphere" in which SIMMONS pursued women at the studio.

Tina Baker was a singer who Simmons managed. Dixon told the Times Russell would expose himself to her and talk openly about how she aroused him.

What was described to The New York Times by the four women is an alleged pattern of sexual assault and harassment that allegedly ruined careers.

She quit her position at Def Jam soon after.

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

He said he would "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence". She alleged that's where he raped her.

"I felt assaulted", she recalled. He denied those allegations and later stepped down from his companies.

Four of the women spoke on the record with the New York Times, emboldened, they said, by the sea change in how victims' stories have been treated in the wake of allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile men in entertainment and other industries. She wrote that when she got in the vehicle and told the driver her address, Simmons told the driver, "No", and locked the doors. "I was broken", Dixon tells the NY Times.

Massage therapist ERIN BEATTIE claimed that SIMMONS exposed himself and asked her to touch his penis when she was giving him a massage at a SEATTLE hotel in 2005, a story corroborated by her then-boyfriend and another friend, who said she told them about the incident right afterwards and a few days later, respectively.

Simmons wrote to The New York Times and on Instagram: "The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by 'Guilty by Accusation'".

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 just blacked out", she recalled. But I can't leave those women twisting in the wind. "I would never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone". I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life.

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