Russell Simmons Lights Out On Twitter Amidst New Wave Of Rape Allegations

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons speaks at a benefit in Water Mill, N.Y.in July 2015.

Simmons has denied these allegations.

Simmons claims in his post that "my intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable".

"He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me", Sallie said.

Simmons attorney Michael Sterling and E. Carlos Tanner, who initially advised against the polygraph, said the former Dej Jam exec passed the test. On the same day, the Los Angeles Times published claims by five different women who accused Simmons of sexual misconduct.

His comments quickly drew criticism, including from Sherri Hines, one of the women who accused Simmons of rape and who said the NYPD contacted her.

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More than 10 women have now come forward accusing Simmons of rape or sexual harassment as far back as the 1980s, and as recent as 2014.

"Today, I will focus on "The Original Sin" (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile", Simmons wrote on Instagram.

Russell Simmons has since deactivated his Twitter account and issued a statement on Instagram.

"I felt assaulted", she told The Times, adding that Simmons threatened to tie her up because she was a "bad girl".

Posting on his page yesterday, Simmons said he has begun the process of properly defending himself. "It's just a statement about my innocence", he wrote. We'll share information today...

In November, two women - model Keri Claussen Khalighi and screenwriter Jenny Lumet - accused Def Jam founder and lifestyle entrepreneur Russell Simmons of sexual assault, prompting Simmons to "step aside" from his business empire. "I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women", Simmons said Wednesday in a statement to The New York Times. "Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence", he told the Times. At the time she was a freshman at UCLA, and she says that Simmons tried forcing her to perform oral sex on him after they took a yoga class. "That notwithstanding, if I have ever said anything capable of being misinterpreted, I apologize unreservedly". "The second he agreed to work with me, my budget increased, the label was paying more attention to me", Baker said.

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