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NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons said on Instagram that he plans to defend himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women saying he raped them.

The allegations in the Times’ Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and again on Thursday.

“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges,” Simmons wrote Thursday on Instagram.

Simmons posted his words under a photo that read #NotMe, explaining that he isn’t trying to go against the anti-harassment movement #MeToo, where millions have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted.

“My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in any way, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” he wrote. “Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #MeToo. It’s just a statement about my innocence.”

Also on Thursday, the New York Police Department confirmed that it is investigating the rape claims and are reaching out to the alleged victims.

“Our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information,” Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said in a statement.

The allegations in the Times story weren’t the first to hit Simmons. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in 1991. Simmons said the sex with Klalighi was consensual.

“Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile,” Simmons wrote on Instagram. “Stay tuned! We’ll share information today.”

He also said “and tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet,” referring to the screenwriter who said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop. Simmons said he had a different memory of the night but apologized. Following Lumet’s claims, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its “All Def Comedy” show.

Simmons founded Def Jam Recordings with mega-producer Rick Rubin in 1984. It made stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.


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9 thoughts on “Russell Simmons Goes On The Defensive In Rape Allegations

  1. Only a GUILTY person goes on the defensive.

    I tend to believe all of the allegations made by more than one woman that Simmons
    has a problem keeping his hands to himself.

    Men-How about you thinking with the big head sometimes, INSTEAD OF THE LITTLE ONE!!!!!!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      “Only a GUILTY person goes on the defensive” Are you serious? Not making any assumptions about R.S.’s innocence or guilt, but innocent people have to defend themselves all the time. Just because someone says it, doesn’t make it true. I would fight until my last breath if I were innocent, I think anyone should.

  2. TrUtH hUrTx on said:

    !!!!!Hey Mr. Simmons you set this tone when you were skirt chasing your ex-wife when she was only 17. I truly believe there is a lot of truth to these allegations.

  3. Russell, Good night and Hari Krishna….then turn around and put your hands behind your back, then we are going to take you to the ” Maury show ” ” Judge Mablean ” and Judge Faith, Judge Greg Mathis from Detroit and the People’s Court and Hot bench to get the ” Downward Dog damn truth ” out of your for once and for all.

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