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Another woman has come forward against Russell Simmons accusing him of sexually harassing her in an elevator according to Page Six.

Luann de Lesseps, a star from the show Real Housewives of New York, told the Daily Beast, “He grabbed my ass in an elevator, he was just a pig.” She said the incident took place three years ago at a Soho Beach house in Miami.

“I haven’t told anybody about that before. I was grossed out,” explained Lesseps. “I was like ‘How dare you.’ He invaded me, he took advantage of me, being who he is, thinking he is all ‘it,’ all everything. He thought he could just do that. I looked at him and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’”

Lesseps never reported the incident to police or received an apology from Simmons.

In response Simmons told Page Six, “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 separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction. I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life. 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.”

Lesseps is added to a long list of women who have accused the Hip Hop producer of sexual misconduct and rape.



(Source: Page Six  & Daily Beast )

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