Russell Simmons Denies Sexual Assault Allegations “I Took 9 Lie Detector Tests”, Accuser Reacts: I’m Sickened!
Russell Simmons is speaking out about the ongoing sexual assault claims against him.
The more than a dozen allegations have been going strong since November 2017, and he started denying them just months later.
He said in a statement shortly after,
I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality, and power. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described…
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. What I cannot accept is responsibility for what I have not done. The current allegations range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful….
Since then, a documentary featuring his accusers, On The Record, has been released, and Russell Simmons has remained vocal about insisting he didn’t commit the crimes.
Most recently, Russell Simmons spoke out about the allegations during an interview with The Breakfast Club. He had this to say:
I can never say that someone doesn’t feel victimized. Thirty years ago… These stories are 35-40 years old, I can never say someone doesn’t feel victimized. I can tell you is that I don’t feel I victimized them.
He also pointed out that handful of lie detector tests he underwent in an effort to prove his case.
And how can I say that? I took nine separate 3-hour lie detector tests By two separate teachers. So I just want to share that. They are available to you. I just wanted to say that. And I don’t know what else to say except that I feel terrible.
Russell continued to reference one accuser’s report, writer Jenny Lumet, and how reading that affected him:
One of the things that happened during the investigation that Oprah [Winfrey] did. I told her I read Jenny Lumet’s report and I believed her. It broke my heart when I read it, I had never heard it. Thirty years later, I read it, I believed her. She said she got in the car and the door locked. My first instinct was ‘shi*t car doors lock in 1990. Loud. Cadillacs.’ So it was a misunderstanding as far as I can tell because I believed her but I also passed nine tests because I believe me.
I feel terrible about the women that felt victimized. I am not a monster or a victimizer.
One of his alleged victims, Sil Lai Abrams, condemned his interview on Twitter.
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