Russell Simmons’ Argyleculture fashion line has been dropped from J.C. Penney following sexual assault allegations leveled against him.
“In light of the recent allegations against Russell Simmons, J.C. Penney has decided to discontinue selling Argyleculture merchandise,” read a statement Thursday from the Plano, Texas-based retail company. The preppy menswear brand, founded by Simmons in 2004, has already been removed from the department store’s website.
Along with J.C. Penney, HBO has removed Simmons’ name from his stand-up series All Def Comedy, which is still set to premiere Friday.
Both companies’ decisions come after award-winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet alleged in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter that the music mogul sexually violated her in 1991. “I never told anyone this story until October 27 of this year (after the Harvey Weinstein story was in the news but weeks before the first public claims were made against you), when I told a girlfriend from childhood,” wrote Lumet. Simmons was first accused of sexual assault and harrassment by model Keri Claussen Khalighi in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 19.
Since Lumet’s column was posted, Simmons announced that he would be stepping down from his businesses, including his new Tantris Yoga Center, which will be converted into “a not-for-profit center of learning and healing.”
Much like Phat Farm, it looks like Argyleculture may go extinct, too.