Extra girls have come ahead to accuse music producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault and harassment.
The New York Occasions has reported the tales of three girls who’ve accused him of raping them between 1988-2014.
And the Los Angeles Occasions has posted accounts from an additional 5 girls, together with one allegation of rape.
The Def Jam Information co-founder stepped down from his firms in November. He stated he “vehemently denies all these allegations”.
He added: “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
The New York Occasions article carried accusations of rape by former Def Jam worker Drew Dixon, former music journalist Toni Sallie and singer Tina Baker, who was managed by Simmons on the time.
Within the Los Angeles Occasions, performer Sherri Hines accused him of raping her in his workplace round 1983.
The paper additionally quoted actress Natashia Williams-Blach as saying he tried to pressure her to carry out oral intercourse, whereas therapeutic massage therapist Erin Beattie claimed he uncovered himself to her.
Comic Amanda Seales informed the paper he had made inappropriate feedback about intercourse, whereas Karen Russell, a former supervisor at his yoga firm Tantris, spoke about allegations of harassment.
The primary report about Simmons got here out in mid-November, when the Los Angeles Occasions reported that mannequin Keri Claussen Khalighi had accused Simmons of sexual assault and harassment.
Simmons responded by saying his relationship with Khalighi was completely consensual and that he had proof from three witnesses.
Later that month, screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of sexual misconduct. He stated her reminiscence of the night in query in 1991 was “very completely different from mine”.
In gentle of the brand new allegations, Simmons has revealed a contemporary denial.
“Some former enterprise, artistic and romantic companions have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject,” he stated.
“In a few of these situations, monetary motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been equipped to the media, which has been fully disregarded of tales.
“In the previous couple of days, one girl tried to extort me for $500,000 solely to recant her ridiculous declare.
“The present allegations despatched to me by the New York Occasions vary from the patently unfaithful to the frivolous and hurtful.”
Simmons additionally reaffirmed his earlier assertion about stepping down from his firms, saying he has “re-dedicated myself to religious studying, therapeutic and dealing on behalf of communities to which I’ve devoted my life”.
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