9 more women accuse Russell Simmons of rape or sexual harassment

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Four additional women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times accused Simmons of sexual misconduct across several decades.

Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by four women in incidents spanning from 1983 to 1996 in New York Times and Los Angeles Times reports both published Wednesday (Dec. 13).

"These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual", Simmons said in the statement.

FILE PHOTO: Rap mogul Russell Simmons speaks at a news conference along with members of Justice League NYC to present a list of demands at City Hall in NY, U.S. December 10, 2014.

After sitting down on a couch, she said, he pinned her down and raped her despite her attempts to fight him off. She said he led her to his bedroom, pushed her on the bed, jumped on top of her and "physically attacked me".

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In late 1990 or early 1991, Tina Baker was a singer being managed by Simmons.

Cutrone told ABC News in a statement, "I came forward as a result of Russell Simmons' #NotMe, as I felt it was a license to continue to perpetuate violence against women". Two former employees at yoga studio Tantris also described a sexually-charged and tense atmosphere at the studio, where Simmons frequently attended class and oversaw programs, and alleged he used his position of power to pursue women at the studio.

One of Simmons' accusers, Sherri Hines, told the Daily News that officers tried to contact her Thursday morning.

A former music journalist named Toni Sallie alleges that after going on a few dates with Simmons and deciding the relationship had run its course, he invited her to his home under the false pretense that he was throwing a party. Drew Dixon was an executive at Def Jam who reported directly to Simmons, and says that after a campaign of harassment by her boss that included graphic descriptions during work calls of how she aroused him and frequently exposing his erect penis to her, Simmons raped her in 1995 in his Manhattan apartment.

Simmons stepped down from his business empire last month after sexual misconduct allegations against him first surfaced. The current allegations sent to me by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful.

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Green Dot Corp., a Pasadena card company that acquired RushCard owner UniRush this year, said in a statement late Wednesday that it would remove photos of Simmons from the RushCard website, "given the seriousness of these allegations and out of respect for all parties". "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges".

He said, "I have already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations".

"I have never had a sexual encounter that was no consensual or lawful".

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself".

He added, "What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done". "I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love".

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