According to TMZ, two more rape allegations against Russell Simmons have been taken to the next level. Two women have gone to the NYPD and filed criminal complaints.
Law enforcement sources are stating the two women filed police reports with the NYPD in late December 2017, alleging the music mogul raped them in 1983 and 1991, respectively.
One of those women, Sherri Hines (who appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show in December) told police Simmons raped her at his office in ’83 … which corresponds with what she said on the show.
In December, the Def Jam founder refuted the claims against him, posting a statement on Instagram and revealing plans to “properly defend” himself. However, he attempted to make it clear that he is not attempting to invalidate or diminish victims of sexual assault.
“My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe. Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo. It’s just a statement about my innocence.”
The other woman — who remains anonymous — claims Simmons raped her at his Manhattan residence after going out on a date in 1991. She was 32 at the time, and alleges he tried taking off her dress while sitting on a couch, then pushed her down and forcibly raped her when she rejected his advances.
The total number of women accusing Simmons of sexual misconduct was thirteen — the anonymous woman moves it up to fourteen. The NYPD is already investigating him for at least seven claims of sexual misconduct.
Uncle Rush, however, continues to deny all previous claims against him.
He issued a statement to “USA Today” saying:
“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core. I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women; and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power…. I am devastated by any reason I may have given anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by ‘Guilty by Accusation.'”
It’s unclear at this time whether or not Simmons will be arrested. Unlike most other states, there is no statute of limitations in New York for rape offenses, meaning that assaults that happened decades ago could still be investigated. Once a thorough investigation is made, if legitimized, he could be facing serious criminal charges. Understandably so, as any allegations of sexual misconduct should be taken seriously!
Let’s continue to keep Uncle Rush, as well as the alleged victims, in our thoughts and prayers!
– Destiny DeJournett