Russell Simmons has been accused of rape and abuse by nine more women. The New York Times reports allegations from a former music executive, a journalist and singer that the Def Jam Records founder raped them.
Drew Dixon is one of the victims. A former executive at Def Jam Records, she says that Simmons was her supervisor and constantly harassed her, including exposing his penis in the office. She says at one point, he did rape her at his apartment. “I was broken,” she said. Another woman interviewed is Tina Baker, an aspiring singer who Simmons managed. “I didn’t sing for almost a year,” said Baker after Simmons allegedly raped her in the early ’90s. “The second he agreed to work with me, my budget increased, the label was paying more attention to me,” Baker said. Following the assault, she said, “I went into oblivion.”
Toni Sallie as a music journalist with Black Radio Exclusive. She says they briefly dated but their relationship turned non-consensual.“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” she said. “We were fighting. I said no.”
Following this story, The Los Angeles Times revealed additional sexual harassment and abuse charges from five others, including a yoga instructor, masseuse and actress Amanda Seales. Seales said Simmons used vulgar language during a business meeting, asking if they had sex: “Oh, right. 'Cause I would've remembered that, right?”
Simmons has denied these allegations. "I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual," he said following The New York Times article.
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