Following the allegations that Russell Simmons sexually assaulting more than a dozen of women, the CEO of Rush Communications now came forward to deny those accusations.
60-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday, December 14, to deny the sexual misconduct allegations made against him and start a new hashtag in response to the #MeToo movement — #NotMe.
Here's the post, check it out.
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.
As previously reported, Russell was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman named Keri Claussen Khalighi, who claimed that the entrepreneur sexually assaulted her following a casting call in 1991 when she was 17 adding that Brett Ratner was just watching the incident instead of helping her, on November 19.
Russell Simmons Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Made Against Him, Starts ‘#NotMe’ Movement
He was later accused of sexual misconduct by Jenny Lumet on November 30. Russell was also accused of sexual assault by nine more women in reports published by Los Angeles Times and The New York Times on Wednesday, December 13. Four women accused the music mogul of rape.