Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape By 3 Women In The New Wave Of Accusations
Both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times-drop bomb items with more accusations.
Russell Simmons has been accused of raping three women, according to a report from the New York Times. On the heels of the report, an article from the los Angeles Times has revealed five more women accuse Simmons of the sexual misconduct.
The new charges come a month after Keri Claussen Khalighi stated that she was sexually assaulted by Simmons in 1991 and screenwriter Jenny Lumet revealed that she was another alleged victim of the Def Jam co-founder.
Among the new accusers in the New York Times' report are two of music executive and a singer who worked with Simmons during their respective careers. The three paint a picture of a feeling of helplessness due to their influence on the music industry.
Drew Dixon, who worked at Def Jam, says that she was a constant target of Simmons' harassment in the workplace. He said she woke him, he invited her to sit on his lap and exposed his penis to her on a regular basis. She gave her a key to a co-worker with instructions for barge in the case of Simmons closed his door.
"I was like: 'If you ever leave me, don't collect, don't call me again — just open my door," said Dixon. "That means that Russell is here and he whipped his [penis]."
Simmons attorney Brad D. Rose said his client admitted to engaging in "inappropriate behavior" with Dixon while she was at Def Jam. Dixon said he put up with her because she does not want to lose his chance at a career in the industry.
"I don't want to cut my conduit to have any hope of a career," he told the New York Times. "I thought that if I could survive long enough to have a real success of good faith to strike with my name on it — I'd like to move categories."
After Dixon began to find success in his career, Simmons allegedly raped her in his apartment in the city center in 1995.
"The last thing I remember was that he, fixing me to give me a kiss on the bed," he said, noting that the last memory of the night I was naked next to Simmons