Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape By Two New Women
There’s additional negative press surrounding Russell Simmons. On Tuesday (January 9th), two more women officially filed criminal complaints against the music mogul. This now brings the total number of women accusing him of sexual misconduct or assault to 14.
Reportedly Sherri Hines is one of the women who filed with the NYPD. She accuses Simmons of
of raping her at his office in 1983. She did an interview last month, making these claims.
The second woman is remaining anonymous. She claims the Def Jam founder raped her at his Manhattan residence after a date in 1991. NYPD is already investigating Simmons for at least seven claims of sexual misconduct.
Simmons stands by his previous statements denying all allegations that have been made since.
Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.
He also announced a social media campaign called #NotMe in an effort to
prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.
He has since said that he is halting the campaign, saying that it was
time for women to speak.