Russell Simmons is in trouble. The music mogul now denies additional claims made by several other women in a report from The New York Times. Today, Wednesday, December 13th, the NYT published an exposé detailing the experiences of three different women who are now accusing the record label owner of rape.
This exposé came out just one month after the LA Times published their story involving Keri Claussen Khalighi who claimed Brett Ratner and Russell raped her almost twenty years ago.
In a statement released by Russell, he wrote that he denies all of the allegations thoroughly and has never had non-consensual sex with women, ever. He said all of his interactions with women have been consensual.
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.
One woman claimed that Russell forced himself on her after inviting the girl back to his apartment to talk about a career, but once the woman arrived, there was no one there but her. Russell proceeded to allegedly force her on the bed despite her protests.
However, Russell continues to deny all of the claims in a statement as obtained by E! News. The 60-year-old stated he is fortunate enough to have had many “extraordinary” relationships with women, and respect’s the women’s movement in all of its forms.
Additionally, Simmons said the stories presented in the media are “one-sided” and some unnamed girls have even tried to extort him for $500,000. But, after the music mogul said no, she pulled back on her charges.
Simmons, in the last part of his statement, emphasized the importance of subjecting people to a trial rather than accusing people of crimes without proof. This news comes after Russell stepped down from all of his respective businesses after the Hollywood Reporter published an article detailing the transgressions committed by the self-proclaimed yogi against Jenny Lumet.