Russell Simmons Responds #NotMe To Rape Allegations As NYPD Opens Investigation

Dec 16, 2017, 13:46
Russell Simmons Responds #NotMe To Rape Allegations As NYPD Opens Investigation

The former rap mogul took to Instagram to declare his innocence and dismiss allegations as an "insane pile on". "Captioning an image that simply read "#NOTME" in block capitals, the Def Jam co-founder wrote, "Today, I begin to properly defend myself.

In November, model Keri Claussen Khalighi was the first to come forward and accuse Simmons of assault.

The women said they chose to come forward and tell their stories after dozens of victims publicly detailed alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.

The Times is reporting that seven of the cases occurred in NY and that police are in the process of contacting women who have accused Simmons of assaulting them in the city.

Police for the New York Police Department confirmed yesterday that they were now getting in touch with Simmons' alleged victims, with Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor saying in a statement: "Our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information".

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The outlet goes on to reference the #NotMe hashtag created by Simmons, in where he says he's not trying to upstage the #MeToo movement but instead keep defend his name against the accusers. Although Simmons claims his intent is "not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway", that's exactly what he's doing.

According to Kelly, Simmons attempted to rape her in his apartment back in 1991 when she was 26-years-old and he was 34. This is not the time for a pompous, delusional, and imbecilic counter-narrative to be launched - and that is exactly what Simmons #NotMe is. "I'm going to do a #YeahYou".

Simmons added that he planned to address some of the accusations against him.

Russell Simmons continues to stand by his conviction that he is innocent amid allegations of sexual harassment from different women. We're told he was asked a series of questions about the allegations made by Khalighi.

And on Thursday, a former classmate of actor Dustin Hoffman's daughter told Variety magazine that the Oscar-winning actor had exposed himself to her in a NY hotel room when she was 16 years old. In it, he denied committing "any acts of aggression or violence in my life", claiming that he "would never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone".