The string of sexual violation allegations against Def Jam co-founder and famed music executive Russell Simmons has now extended to 11 women, all of which come from different corners of Hollywood.
Beginning with model Keri Claussen Khalighi’s in-depth recollection published by the Los Angeles Times of what she claimed was sexual assault from Simmons, screenwriter Jenny Lumet followed suit with her story. Thereafter, the New York Times published the accounts of four more women, one of which is not industry-affiliated and claims to have met Simmons upon a chance encounter at 2014’s Art Basel in Miami, who accused him of sexual assault at distinct locations. The L.A. Times returned with testimonies from an additional five women, including actress and comedian Amanda Seales, Sherri Hines of old school hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies, and massage therapist Erin Beattie.
Simmons has refused to remain silent on the accusations, and has published his own statements defending against the women’s’ statements. And now that the controversy is continuing to grow, he’s asserted that he will also be tackling the allegations headfirst.
See the women who have shared their claims and Simmons’ response to the accusations below.
Drew Dixon left Stanford in 1992 to join the hip-hop revolution. She says Russell Simmons sexually harassed her repeatedly when she was an executive at Def Jam. She is accusing him of raping her in 1995. https://t.co/1cFH1oC8xG pic.twitter.com/34A6NpBWKc— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2017
“I didn’t sing for almost a year.” —Tina Baker, a performer who said Russell Simmons raped her in his apartment in the early ’90s, when he was her manager https://t.co/1cFH1oC8xG pic.twitter.com/mLEQ8h2qlV— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2017
Among the women in our latest Russell Simmons story: Actress Natashia Williams-Blach, who said that in 1996, after taking her to a yoga class, he attempted to force her to perform oral sex. She was 18, a UCLA freshman. Simmons denies her claims. https://t.co/YH3Doemle2 pic.twitter.com/jJ3zOpukJ7— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) December 14, 2017
Another woman in our Russell Simmons story: Hip-hop artist Sherri Hines alleged that he raped her in his office around 1983. “He was pinning me down and I was trying to fight him and he had his way,” she said. “I left crying.” Simmons denies her claims. https://t.co/YH3Doemle2 pic.twitter.com/iT2sqW3P2b— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) December 14, 2017
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 evidence today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold the accusers accountable. #NotMe
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