In November, mannequin Keri Clausen Khalighi got here ahead with allegations that Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and director Brett Ratner made “aggressive sexual advances” towards her when she was 17. She later added that Simmons had given her a “actually touching” apology lately, however she was upset in his determination to proceed denying her allegations publicly. Now, The New York Instances has a report on 4 further girls who’ve come ahead with allegations towards Simmons, with three of them saying that he raped them.
These three girls all say they had been pursuing careers within the music business on the time, however their experiences with Simmons partly “disrupted or derailed” their plans. One, a singer named Tina Baker who was managed by Simmons within the ‘90s, stated that she “didn’t sing for nearly a yr” after allegedly being raped by Simmons. One other, Toni Sallie, had been working as a music journalist and briefly dated Simmons within the ‘80s, however she says he invited her to his condo after they broke up and he “bodily attacked” her earlier than allegedly raping her. Sallie says Simmons tried to assault her once more at a music convention in Florida a yr later, and although she was capable of struggle him off and get away, any business executives she informed in regards to the incident had ignored her.
The third lady, Drew Dixon, labored with Simmons at Def Jam within the early ‘90s. She says he instantly started making “sexual advances” towards her and that he rapidly “grew to become relentless,” with Dixon saying he would shut the door to her workplace and “expose himself.” In 1995, an album she government produced with Simmons went platinum, and he managed to persuade her to cease by his condo one night time. She says he pinned her down and raped her, although she admits she has “disassociated from the expertise” and doesn’t keep in mind all of it.
Shortly after that, she resigned from Def Jam and threatened to sue Simmons for sexual harassment. He supplied her a settlement, which she took, explaining that she wished to be well-known for making information not “for being sexually harassed by Russell Simmons.” She took a job at Arista Data, however when L.A. Reid took over that label he additionally allegedly started sexually harassing her. (Reid was ousted from Epic Data earlier this yr for allegedly harassing an worker “every day.”) Dixon left the music business in 2002, telling The New York Instances, “I gave up one thing that I liked to do…I would like folks to know why.”
Simmons has denied the entire allegations, releasing a press release that claims he imagine that each one of his “relations have been consensual.” You’ll be able to see his full assertion at Selection.