Russell Simmons Denies New Rape and Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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The popular hip-hop producer Russell Simmons is one of them, multiple women have accused him of sexual harassment or assault. But I can't leave those women twisting in the wind. "What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done", read Simmons' statement to the New York Times. "I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love".

He said he would "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence".

Three women have gone on the record and accused legendary hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of rape. Simmons held his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation fundraising event for a number of years at the annual art fair. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by 'Guilty by Accusation, ' " Simmons said in a statement.

However, Russell continues to deny all of the claims in a statement as obtained by E! After those initial accusations surfaced, Simmons announced he was stepping away from his various businesses.

Sherri Hines, who performed under the stage name Sheri Sher in the '80s, said Simmons invited her to see his NY office and raped her there.

Toni Sallie, a former music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive, told the New York Times she met Simmons while on assignment and the two dated casually in 1987.

In 1995, she claimed, Simmons raped her in his Manhattan apartment. "We were fighting", she said. "I felt assaulted", she tells the NY Times. Sallie says Simmons forced himself on her and raped her. "I didn't sing for nearly a year", she told the NY Times. It was something that had a massive effect on her career.

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Lawyer Tina Baker, who was a back-up singer for Madonna in the early 1990s, claimed her then manager Simmons raped her after inviting her back to his place to "discuss her career". After a few dates, their relationship didn't work out, she said, but they remained in touch and one night the following year, Simmons invited her to a party at his apartment.

But The New York Times article described an alleged pattern of behavior by the enormously influential Def Jam Recordings co-founder, who was accused of preying on women entering the industry. "I didn't sing for nearly a year", she said. She said that he raped her in his apartment that year. He then got on top of her, pushed her down, and reportedly told her "Don't fight me".

She quit her position at Def Jam soon after. When L.A. Reid joined the label in 2000, she said he began sexualizing her as well and would turn cold when she denied his advances.

While The New York Times' piece focused more on Simmons' alleged misconduct in his role as a music executive, the Los Angeles Times looked into claims that Simmons abused his power as the head of his West Hollywood yoga studio, Tantris. The accusations, laid out in major exposés in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, span a time period of 33 years.

"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", he said. After Lumet told her story, Simmons denied any wrong doing but stepped down from his companies. Simmons' lawyer denied this account, too.

Some of the incidents detailed in the reports published Wednesday involve Simmons allegedly revealing his erect penis to a female colleague and a masseuse, attacking a woman and pushing an alleged victim into a broom closet.

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