In keeping with CNN, the NYPD has opened an investigation into Russell Simmons after a number of ladies have come ahead with rape claims in opposition to the music mogul. In November, a girl named Keri Clausen Khalighi stated that Simmons and director Brett Ratner had made “aggressive sexual advances” towards her when she was 17, and although she stated Simmons had apologized to her in personal, he continues to disclaim the allegations in public. Then, final evening, The New York Instances printed a report on three extra ladies who all say that Simmons raped them, with every of them having their very own music careers “disrupted or derailed” by the alleged incidents. The CNN story says that the NYPD can open an investigation like this with out somebody immediately submitting a grievance, which is what occurred right here, and the division’s Particular Victims Unit is now working to establish and speak to seven ladies with accusations in opposition to Simmons.
In the meantime, Simmons has posted a picture on his Instagram account with the hashtag “NotMe,” which is clearly some form of tasteless twist on #MeToo even when he claims in any other case. The publish goes on to say that Simmons now intends to “correctly defend” himself in opposition to the allegations and that he’s “harmless of all rape fees”—although he hasn’t been formally charged with something but.