Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons accused of rape by four women

Russell Simmons

The investigation comes a day after nine different women accused Simmons of varying levels of sexual misconduct in a pair of stories in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. That accusation came on the heels of allegations against Simmons by model Keri Claussen Khalighi.

Simmons said the accusations are false.

"Russell Simmons fully supports and will cooperate with the police inquiry and is confident of a swift resolution", Brad Rose, an attorney for Simmons, told CNN in a statement Wednesday night.

"I didn't want to cut off my one conduit to having any hope of a career", Dixon, the former Def Jam music exec, told the New York Times.

"I vehemently deny all these allegations. 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", Simmons said in a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday.

Russell Simmons at a New York City appearance in 2014 to promote his book on meditation.

The pair, then casual acquaintances, met a party. Sallie said she escaped to her room and barricaded the door. After a showing her around, she said, he brought her into his bedroom and raped her.

"I felt a lot of shame and guilt at ending up in that situation", she said. "And that I would have him killed if he ever f-king laid a hand on me". "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges", Simmons wrote Thursday on Instagram.

"Cutrone posted an image to her Instagram account of the words "#MeToo #YesYou", in response to Simmons' #NotMe post, directing people to the Page Six story. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo.

Dixon says Simmons raped her after previously telling her how she aroused him, exposing himself to her and asking her to sit on his lap.

Lisa Kirk, who had dated one of Simmons' friends in the 1980s, alleges that Simmons attempted to sexually assault her in a New York City nightclub bathroom in 1988, five years after Hines says Simmons raped her in his office.

"These new stories range from the patently untrue to frivolous and hurtful claims", Simmons told the Los Angeles Times.

Simmons also claimed that he has recently been the subject of extortion attempts over false claims of sexual harassment. Late last month, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its All Def Comedy show in the wake of an allegation by screenwriter Jenny Lumet, who said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.

In his statement responding to the accusations, Simmons said he had already apologized for "instances of thoughtlessness" in his consensual relationships, and had separated himself from his businesses and charities so as not to be a distraction.

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