Russell Simmons Accused of Raping 2 More Women
UPDATE (01/09/18 3.30 p.m. ET)
Another day, another negative headline (or five?) about Russell Simmons.
Two more women have come forward accusing the music mogul of raping them, and they have filed criminal complaints with police.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ the two women filed reports with the NYPD late last month, alleging they were raped in 1983 and 1991.
One of the women, Sherri Hines, told cops Simmons raped her at his office in 1983.
This reiterates what she told Megyn Kelly last month when she appeared on her show.
The other woman, who is remaining anonymous, alleges the 60-year-old raped her at his Manhattan home in 1991.
She said they went back to his place after a date, where he pushed her down on his couch and forcibly raped her after she rejected his advances.
This takes the total number of women who have accused Simmons of rape to 14.
ORIGINAL (12/15/17 10.33 a.m. ET)
Almost a dozen women have come forward with allegations that Russell Simmons harassed and/or raped them over twenty years ago, and now, another well-known industry woman is making the same claims.
But no matter what, Russ is standing his ground — and even starting a movement.
The latest piece of this super confusing puzzle is that Kelly Cutrone, fashion designer slash publicist (and former boss of The Hills stars Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad) is coming forward with her story about Uncle Rush, claiming he attempted to rape her when she was just 26.
“He pushed me into his apartment and then he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to grab … take my clothes off of me,” she tells Page Six.
“And I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f—k off of me. And that I would have him killed if he ever f—king laid a hand on me.
"I actually think I told him I would call Page Six! I was a publicist! I think I told him I would call Page Six and have him murdered.”
Luckily, Kelly fled the scene before Russell could cause any physical harm, but certainly the emotional harm was done.
"I remember running out the door and getting a cab and all I remember was that I got in a cab and I remember a feeling — which was so crazy — of, ‘Oh my god. Somebody just tried to rape me. What do I do?’
"And then the energy of going to the police and pressing charges against him was overwhelming to me.”
She added, “Then what would happen afterward — and this would happen years afterward — I’d be at a table and Russell f—king Simmons would come up to the table and then people would be like, ‘Kelly, do you know Russell?,’ and I’d be like, ‘Yes, I know Russell — he tried to rape me.’"
Meanwhile, the Def Jam co-founder is under investigation by the NYPD, who are looking into at least seven claims of sexual misconduct, TMZ reports.
Some alleged victims have already been contacted, in fact.
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The site also reports the mogul, who denies all allegations and claims all sex acts were consenual, even took (and passed) a lie detector test to address Keri Claussen Khalighi's claims, the model who started this whole domino effect by being the first one to come forward about Russell allegedly raping her.
And the 60-year-old is so confident that he isn't at fault, in fact, that he's starting a movement on social media to counteract the #MeToo movement, this time titled #NotMe.
In an Instagram caption, the star insists this "isn't a statement about #MeToo," but rather a way for him to publicly assert his innocence.
"My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in any way, 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.”
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! Well 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 . Its just a statement about my innocence.
He also says he plans to do this for each and every woman's allegation, from Keri to Jenny Lumet to, we could only assume, Kelly Cutrone.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint for more on the Russell scandal — clearly there's a lot more to come!
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