Music Mogul Russell Simmons Faces More Rape And Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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It came in 1995 when she executive produced a soundtrack for the music documentary The Show, featuring Tupac and A Tribe Called Quest, but while out celebrating the album's platinum success she said she let her guard down and entered Simmons' apartment. Following the supposed attack, Baker says her career "went into oblivion", and personally, the PTSD prevented her from pursuing sex with men for nearly a decade after.

Simmons told the Times through his lawyer he had "no recollection of ever having any sexual relations with Ms Baker".

"I vehemently deny all these allegations".

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.

The new allegations reported by the Los Angeles Times dated back to 1983 for one from a member of an all-female hip-hop group who claimed Simmons raped her and included another from a massage therapist who said he exposed himself and asked her to touch him.

Another woman, music journalist Toni Sallie, accused Simmons of raping her at his apartment in 1988. After the assault, she said, "I went into oblivion".

In late November, after Lumet published a column in the Hollywood Reporter claiming Simmons "sexually violated" her, Simmons stepped down from the companies he founded after two women accused him of sexual assault, saying he didn't want to be a "distraction".

As told, Simmons has now been accused of sexual misconduct by 11 women. Days later, screenwriter Jenny Lumet said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.

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She added, "Then what would happen afterward - and this would happen years afterward - I'd be at a table and Russell f-king Simmons would come up to the table and then people would be like, 'Kelly, do you know Russell?,' and I'd be like, 'Yes, I know Russell - he tried to rape me'".

In his statement Wednesday, Simmons said, "I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations".

The statement went on: "In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject".

"I have never had a sexual encounter that was no consensual or lawful".

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

"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.

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself". "I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence".

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