Russell Simmons voluntarily stepped down from his companies after Jenny Lumet accused him of rape in 1991. Russell said, “I was informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991.”
According to the Def Jam Recordings creator, his memory of the night in question is different from the “evening she described,” but either way, her fear, and pain are real.
Russell admitted he was “thoughtless and insensitive” with some of his relationships in the past, and for the next while, he will focus on self-improvement and his spirituality.
While i am totally devastated that she is hurting and pained by her experience the “assault” didn’t happen. pic.twitter.com/XgN5iVMjrP
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 22, 2017
He added that today’s day and age is a time of “great transition” because voices of the voiceless “are heard,” rather than shamed and ignored.
As a result, “I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded,” and his enterprises will be moving forward with a board of executives representing the diversity of North America.
As you may know, Simmons left his enterprises following the allegations of Lumet, 50, who wrote about an encounter with the Def Jam pioneer in 1991.
In a letter published by The Hollywood Reporter, Lumet revealed that she went home with him one night against her volition, and slept with him out of fear of what he might do, rather than out of desire.
She stated in her letter, “I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating.” This isn’t the first time Simmons has came under fire. Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Russell and Brett Ratner of assaulting her over twenty years ago.
Jenny stated that Brett and Russell were “in it together.” Both Ratner and Russell denied the accusation of non-consensual sex, with their respective statements. Brett Ratner has since been removed from all of his projects involving Warner Brothers Studios.