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Russell Simmons surely has some explaining to do.
Two more women have reportedly come out to accuse the mogul of rape.
According to TMZ, the new incidents occured in 1983 and 1991. One of the accusers, Sherri Hines shared her story with Megyn Kelly back in December. The other woman is anonymous, and claims that she was raped at his Manhattan apartment following a date in the early 1990’s.
She was 32 at the time, and alleges he tried taking off her dress while sitting on a couch, and then pushed her down and forcibly raped her when she rejected his advances.
This makes 14 women who have come forward to accused Simmons of sexual misconduct or rape.
On November 30, he stepped down from his businesses following the initial accusations of sexual assault. In mid-December he addressed the allegations with an Instagram post denying some of the claims.
Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.