Russell Simmons Facing More Allegations Of Sexual Assault

The 60-year-old hip-hop legend denied the rape accusations- which date back to 1988- and voiced support for the growing movement of women speaking out against abusive men. Image courtesy Facebook

Now, in an investigative piece in The New York Times, more women have come forward with accusations against Simmons, including three new women that say he raped them.

One of the accusers, Drew Dixon - who was 24 at the time - said she suffered "prolonged and aggressive sexual harassment by her direct supervisor", Simmons, while she was working as an executive at Def Jam Recordings in the early 1990s, leading her to spiral into depression.

Simmons initially denied Khalighi's claims, telling the L.A. Times, "Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation". She said they remained cordial, and he invited her to a party at his apartment that he said he was holding for his girlfriend, but when she arrived, the apartment was empty except for Simmons. Once there, Dixon claims Simmons advanced on her, pinned her on his bed and began to kiss her.

The second accusation was made by performer Tina Baker, who says Simmons served as her manager in the early 90's.

In a statement to the Times, Simmons denied all the accusations leveled at him.

Singer SHERRI "SHERI SHER" HINES of the hip-hop group MERCEDES LADIES alleged that SIMMONS raped her in his office in about 1983; two women she told about the incident the same day have confirmed those conversations to the TIMES. "The next thing I knew, he was pinning me down and I was trying to fight him and he had his way", she tells the LA Times. She said that at a music conference in South Florida a year later that he tried to lead her to a dark beach and pursued her, grabbing her hair, and followed her into a women's bathroom before she eventually found refuge in her room.

Massage therapist Erin Beattie says Simmons exposed himself to her and asked her to touch his penis during a massage at a hotel in 2005.

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A fourth woman, Christina Moore, says she met Simmons at Art Basel in Miami in 2014. The women went on the record, describing what the Times characterized as a pattern of sexual harassment and assault over a period ranging from 1988 to as recently as 2014. "I remember realizing I was cornered", said Ms. Dixon, who said she rejected Mr. Simmons's sexual advances that night directly - "many ways to say no" - as well as explaining that she had just had a gynecological procedure and could not have sex.

"While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real".

"I have enormous respect for the women's movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power", he added.

"What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done", Simmons said in his statement. The current allegations sent to me by The New York Times and Los Angeles Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful.

Numerous alleged victims said they felt moved to come forward with their stories after Simmons denied any misconduct with Khalighi and Lumet.

I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations.

Following the new report Wednesday, Simmons vowed to "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence". She repeated her address and Simmons again said, "No". I have separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction. But I can't leave those women twisting in the wind. But two of her friends claim she did tell them shortly after. "As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening".

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