Three Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape Amid His Sexual Harassment Allegations
Allegations against Russell Simmons apparently didn't end with sexual harassment.
Now, not one but three women have come forward alleging the Def Jam co-founder raped them in three separate instances over twenty years ago.
And their accounts of the so-called events are scary, to say the least.
In case you need a refresher, two women came forward in November alleging the Rush Communications head honcho was sexually inappropriate towards them in the early 90's.
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi, for example, claimed she was 17 years old when Simmons forced her into having sex while his friend, Brett Ratner, watched on.
Though Russ was "deeply saddened" by Keri's accounts in particular as he interpreted the encounter as consenual, he eventually stepped down from his role at Rush Communications.
But the drama didn't end there, as three additional women have come forward with allegations of rape.
In a lengthy New York Times piece published yesterday, December 13, Drew Dixon, Tina Baker and Toni Sallie accuse the 60-year-old of rape.
Like the other womens' stories, these sexual encounters allegedly went down in the early 90's.
“The last thing I remember was him pinning me down to kiss me on the bed,” Drew, then 24, recalls.
Tina, a backup singer, had a similar story, telling the publication she remembers “him on top of me, pushing me down and him saying, ‘Don’t fight me.’”
Then lastly there's Toni, a former music journalist, whose incident also matches up to the other womens' and happened even earlier, in 1988.
“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” she said before he reportedly raped her.
“We were fighting. I said, ‘No.’”
All three women also confessed that Kimora Lee's ex was "inappropriate" on work calls as well.
Rush, however, is adamantly denying all claims.
“I vehemently deny all these allegations,” the dad of three said in a statement to PEOPLE.
"These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual. I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power. 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.”
The statement continued, "What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done. I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love.
"Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence.”
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 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.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint for more on this developing story.
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