American entrepreneur, music producer, and author Russell Wendell Simmons
, who describes himself as a Christian yogi with a deep love for all the religion, has fallen into a messy case involving sexual assault that threatens to shatter his decades-long reputation.
The legendary producer, who gave a new identity to hip-hop music with Def Jam Recordings
, has been accused of forcible sexual relationships by more than one women. And like Harvey Weinstein
's case, the number seems to be increasing by the day.
Russell Simmon's history of Sexual Assault
, a screenwriter, said in a report that he coerced her into the sexual relationship in 1991. Lumet's accusation came just after the publication of an article on 9th of November in Los Angeles Times
, which reported that Keri Claussen Khaligihi
, a former fashion model, was sexually accused by Simmons in 1991.
Russell Simmons was accused of sexual harassment by the Rachel Getting Married actress. Jenny Lurnet
Following the accusations, Simmons has said that he would be retiring from his business. He said;
The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward,
while taking retirement from his media company All Def Digital, production house Def pictures and yoga brand Tantris.
Russell Simmons stepped down of All Def Digital in September 2017
HBO, one of the most popular cable channels, decided to cut his name from the Friday broadcasting program “All Def Comedy”. Simmons was slated to appear once at the end of the program but they decided to ax it. Simmons, who is also the author of books “Def Jam, Inc. and ” Stacy Gueraseva, called the developments,
Russel Simmons: Career, Marriage, Children, and Divorce
Despite the turn of events, no one can deny the contributions made by Simmons and his recording company Def Jam to hip-hop music, which launched musical legends like LL Cool J and legendary musical group Beastie Boys.
Born to parents Daniel and Evelyn in a middle-class family on October 14, 1957, in Queens, New York, Simmons flirted with drugs and got involved with gangs while growing up.