Soon after, he posted the #NotMe hashtag and a defense to Instagram. He made his latest statement denying the various accusations as police in NY confirmed they were now investigating the allegations of rape that have been against the Def Jam co-founder. And the results are encouraging for Simmons: he says they prove he didn't force Khalighi to perform oral sex.
Simmons previously posted an official statement regarding the "hurtful claims" denying all of the allegations. "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual", he said in a statement to E!
Since November eleven women altogether, including screenwriter Jennifer Lumet, Actress Natashia Williams-Blach and comedian Amanda Seales have all accused Simmons of misconduct. A veteran music industry insider, speaking under the condition of anonymity told the Daily Beastthat the Russell Simmons allegations are just the tip of the iceberg. Simmons took to Instagram to refute the claims as he wrote, "I have never had a sexual encounter that was not consensual or lawful".
This comes on the heels of Eva's public defense of Simmons, where she questioned those who are "quick to condemn an unbelievable man because of what someone says". A dozen women have now accused Simmons of some form of sexual misconduct ranging from rape to sexual assault and harassment. Simmons added: "I have enormous respect for the women's movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power".
"My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable", Simmons wrote in the caption. He has since denied her claims.More news: Sexiest Asian Woman : Priyanka Chopra
Once Cutrone was able to fend off Simmons, she said, she left his apartment "really shaken up".
The Times said it confirmed the allegations through friends and associates of the women at the time the incidents occurred.
"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", he said.
Two weeks ago, Simmons said he was "removing" himself from running his companies, saying that he had been "thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades".