Russell Simmons: 'I will prove I'm innocent'

Wendy Jensen
December 16, 2017

December 14, 2017 6:00 p.m.: The New York Police Department's special victims unit has opened an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against music mogul Russell Simmons after allegations from 11 women, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself", the caption read.

Simmons denies any wrongdoing, and wrote on Instagram that he "will prove without a doubt" that he is innocent.

The latest accusations follow two other women coming forward accusing the multi-millionaire entrepreneur - a former partner of Aussie actor Melissa George - of sexual misconduct.

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced on Thursday they would look into the claims made in the United States media against the 60-year-old founder of Def Jam Recordings.

Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said Thursday that detectives are in the process of reviewing the accusations and are reaching out to the alleged victims. Although Simmons claims his intent is "not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway", that's exactly what he's doing.

He will address Jenny Lumet's case next.

Lawyer Tina Baker, who was a backup singer for Madonna in the early 1990s, claimed her then manager Simmons raped her after inviting her back to his place to "discuss her career". And the Internet was sure to let him know exactly what they thought of his #NotMe post. What's more, director Brett Ratner saw the whole thing and simply watched it go down, she claimed.

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

In a statement to CNN, Simmons' attorney, Brad Rose, ensured his client will fully participate in the investigation against him as he's sure of a positive outcome.

Simmons answered a series of questions concerning Khalighi's accusation.

Reuters could not independently confirm any of the allegations against Simmons, who also founded the fashion lines Phat Farm and Tantris, and co-produced films and TV shows including "The Nutty Professor" and "Def Comedy Jam".

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And on Thursday, a former classmate of actor Dustin Hoffman's daughter told Variety magazine that the Oscar-winning actor had exposed himself to her in a NY hotel room when she was 16 years old.

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