NYPD Investigating New Sexual Assault Reports Filed Against Russell Simmons
The music mogul has been accused of being a sexual predator by more than a dozen women.
The New York City Police Department is investigating new sexual assault reports filed against Russell Simmons, police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The exact number of new reports is unclear other than there are multiple and detectives are in the process of reviewing the information, according to police.
The music mogul has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women since the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the movie and music industry.
Simmons has denied all allegations against him and issued a new statement to USA Today stating, "I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual. The current allegations range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of 'innocent until proven guilty' must not be replaced by 'Guilty by Accusation.'"
In late November, Simmons stepped down from his businesses due to the allegations.
In a guest column for THR, award-winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, detailed a disturbing encounter in which she said Simmons sexually violated her in 1991 when she was 24. In response to her allegation, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings said he was stepping down from his various businesses to "commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening."