Russell Simmons investigated by NYPD following accusations by several women

Javier Howell
December 16, 2017

The women shared their stories with the New York Times and have all said they have been sexually harassed by Simmons. I actually think I told him I would call Page Six!

Simmons wrote Thursday that he "will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges".

New York City police are investigating rape and sexual assault allegations against music producer Russell Simmons.

Simmons has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Although the NYPD has reportedly opened an investigation into Simmons in light of the allegations leveled against them, most of his accusers have claimed their assaults took place decades ago - leaving no room for prosecution thanks to the statute of limitations. Jenny Lumet followed suit, accusing Simmons of assaulting her, as well, in a piece penned on November 30.

Tina Baker, an '80s pop singer who was managed by Simmons and said that he raped her in his NY apartment in late 1990 or early 1991, said that she had been contacted by a detective from the Police Department's Special Victims squad. "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual", he said in a statement to E!

Simmons, himself, corroborated this confidence with an Instagram post where he "vehemently" denies all the recent accusations that have been hurled at him.

Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone - who starred on MTV's The Hills and America's Next Top Model - described him as casual acquaintance, whom she had bumped into at a party when she was 26 years old. Cutrone has a reputation for being outspoken and straightforward, both on TV and in real life. Yet, he did say, "For any women from my past who I may have offended, I sincerely apologize".

This is not a criminal trial, and while Simmons may want to fight for what little is left of his public image, this latest stunt does not spur sympathy but only more indignation. "Do some people like my persona? Yes". Do I really care? No.

"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.

The women all spoke on the record and allowed their names to be revealed.

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