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Russell Simmons Investigated by NYPD for Sexual Assault Claims

16 December 2017, 01:46 | Sheila Mcguire

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Fashion Publicist Kelly Cutrone Claims Russell Simmons'Tried To Rape Her In 1991

The NYPD can open an investigation without a complaint made directly to them, which is the case with Simmons.

Police in NY on Thursday said they were looking into claims that Russell Simmons, the co-founder of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, had a history of violent sexual misconduct after mounting reports accusing him of rape. A veteran music industry insider, speaking under the condition of anonymity told the Daily Beastthat the Russell Simmons allegations are just the tip of the iceberg.

In November, model Keri Claussen Khalighi was the first to come forward and accuse Simmons of assault.

According to Simmons' attorneys, Michael Sterling and E. Carlos Tanner, Simmons passed with flying colors, and plans to repeat the test for allegations made by 4 other women. "F-k you", Cutrone told Page Six, referencing Simmons, who famously started the music label Def Jam.

Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said Thursday that detectives are in the process of reviewing the accusations and are reaching out to the alleged victims.

In the wake of mounting sexual misconduct allegations against him, Russell Simmons took a polygraph.

He also said he has "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 to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are now being described".

"His post was accented with large type text reading: "#NOTME".

Enter the next day, where Simmons again took to Instagram using the hashtag #NotMe - an obvious response to the #MeToo movement that's now ushering in a wave of repercussions for powerful men in the entertainment industry never before seen. "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges", he wrote.

Simmons chose to take a lie detector test to address the rape accusation from model Keri Claussen Khalighi.

"My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable", Simmons wrote in the caption. If Simmons wants to claim his innocence, again, that's his right, but spare us the theatrics and please stop being even more embarrassing. Soon after, writer Jenny Lumet accused Simmons in a Hollywood Reporter piece of sexually violating her, which led to the hip-hop mogul to stepping away from his business empire.

Simmons, who has stepped down from his involvement in his companies, denied that did anything unlawful.

Once Cutrone was able to fend off Simmons, she said, she left his apartment "really shaken up".

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