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Russell Simmons is going on full offensive today to defend his name against allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Following the explosive report, Simmons released a statement denying the stories from various women and even offered to take a polygraph test.
According to TMZ, he passed.
TMZ obtained this image of Simmons taking the polygraph Wednesday in the L.A. area. Russell’s camp says it was administered by a national leader in the field of polygraphing. We’re told he was asked a series of questions about the allegations made by Khalighi. 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. They say Russell will release all the results once he’s completed the tests.
Meanwhile, NYPD has opened up an investigation against Simmons.
According to CNN, “The NYPD can open an investigation without a complaint made directly to them, which is the case with Simmons.”
The former Def Jam founder wrote an Instagram post yesterday using the hashtag #NotMe.
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.