Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 9 Women

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Russell Simmons , a powerful gatekeeper in the entertainment and media worlds, damaged careers and self-confidence with his pattern of sexual assault and harassment, the women say.

The New York Police Department has opened an investigation into Russell Simmons based on media reports of multiple women coming forward to accuse the music mogul of sexual misconduct, including rape.

Brad Rose, an attorney for Simmons, released a statement Thursday night saying that “Russell Simmons fully supports and will cooperate with the police inquiry and is confident of a swift resolution.”

In stories published Wednesday, nine women accused the media mogul of sexual harassment and assault, in incidents alleged to have occurred over decades.
On Thursday, Simmons posted a photo on his official Instagram account showing the words,”NotMe.”
“Today, I begin to properly defend myself,” the caption read. “I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.” (Simmons has not been criminally charged.)

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