Russell Simmons investigated by NYPD following accusations by several women

9 Additional Women Charge Russell Simmons With Sexual Assault, NYPD is Investigating the Allegations
Kelly Cutrone Accuses Russell Simmons of Attempted Rape: “The #NotMe Thing? I'm Doing a #YeahYou”
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16 December, 2017

He has been accused of rape by four women and sexual assault or harassment by five other women in incidents that took place between 1983 and 2016.

Earlier this month, Russell Simmons announced that he would be stepping down from his business ventures in the wake of the numerous sexual allegations filed against him. He denied the rape accusations and vouched that he has great respect for women. Simmons privately apologized to Khalighi and assured that the encounter was consensual, despite her recollection. "I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence". Simmons's attorneys, E. Carlos Tanner and Michael Sterling, were reportedly around to monitor the test. Russell's camp says it was administered by a national leader in the field of polygraphing.

She told Page Six she was inspired to come forward after Simmons repeatedly denied allegations against him and tried to "properly defend himself" by starting a #NotMe hashtag on social media Thursday. Although Simmons claims his intent is "not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway", that's exactly what he's doing. As Sandra Newman noted in the Quartz report "What kind of person makes false rape accusations? By way of comparison, in the same period, there are 790 cases in which people were exonerated for murder". He even went as far as to twist the #MeToo campaign, which promotes survivors of sexual assault to share their experiences and became so impactful that it spawned this year's "Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers", into a statement of innocence with #NotMe. Too many of these women have similar stories. The model alleged that the music mogul forced her to do oral sex on him in 1991 when she was then only 17 years old.

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The #MeToo movement has provided women an opportunity to overcome their longstanding nightmares associated with their assailants who for so long were untouchable.

Cutrone told the New York Post's Page Six on December 14 Simmons was a casual acquaintance who misled her into going to his apartment and then tried to take her clothes off. CNN's policy is not to name victims of sexual assault or rape unless they make their names public.


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