Russell Simmons chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he also co-founded Def Jam and created the clothing lines for Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris.
Russell Simmons was married to model Kimora Lee-Simmons, they have been divorced since January 2009, however, they have two beautiful daughters together.
Amid all of the sexual allegations that are coming forward, we were surprised to learn that Russell Simmons is now part of that group. The CEO decided to step down from all of his companies due to an article that was recently published alleging sexual misconduct.
A sexual assault claim was previously reported by model Keri Claussen Khaligi who accused Russell Simmons of “yanking off her clothes” while producer Brett Ratner watched before allegedly sexually assaulting her in a shower. She wasn’t the only woman allegedly on their radar, Tanya Reid also alleges that Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons harassed her while she worked at a South Beach hotel.
You would think with all of the money Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner have, they wouldn’t need to sexually assault anyone. Women throw themselves at them, if these allegations are true, why would either of these successful and rich men need to sexually assault anyone? Was Kimora Lee aware of her ex-husband alleged actions? He has daughters, how does he explain his behavior to his daughters? This couldn’t be the first or second time that he has allegedly sexually assaulted women or has been accused? People who were close to him or worked close with him I’m sure knew that this was going on and kept in on the low but the low ain’t working right now.
Someone else has now come out and accused Russell again of alleged sexual assault, this time it’s a woman named Jenny Lumet who just happens to be the daughter of director Sidney Lumet and the granddaughter of Lena Horne. She claims that Russell Simmons allegedly sexually assaulted her back in 1991 when she was 24 years old. He supposedly agreed to have his driver take her home but she says Russell made his driver take them back to his apartment where he allegedly sexually assaulted her even when she screamed for him to stop.
In a Hollywood Reporter guest column Jenny Lumet writes,
“At no time that night did I say: “Russell, I will go home with you”. Or, “Come home with me.” Or “I will have sex with you.” Or “I have the desire to have sex with you.”
I saw no one else. I recall you were behind me. I was still hoping the Russell I knew would reappear, as I could not recognize the man moving me deeper into the apartment — the man who had said “No” to his driver. Twice.
You moved me into a bedroom. I said “Wait.” You said nothing. I made the trade in my mind. I thought “just keep him calm and you’ll get home.” Maybe another person would have thought differently, or not made the trade.
It was dark, but not pitch dark. You closed the door. At that point, I simply did what I was told.”
Right after the article was published, that’s when Russell Simmons announced that he was stepping down from all of his companies and handing them over to a “new and diverse generation” while he works on himself. It’s bull sh$t, he stepped down after this article was published because his reputation could do damage to those companies, he was smart enough to step down and hand them over to the right people.
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991. I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize.This is a time of great transition. The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard. As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don’t want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward. I will convert the studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing. As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”
Of course his definition of what occurred between him and Jenny Lumet will vary but the fact that he never denied the allegations says a lot and he never even commented on the Brett Ratner situation or any other times where he was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting other women.
These male celebrities better watch out, these women are coming out of the woodwork. I feel for Russell’s daughters, they are the ones who will be affected by his actions the most.
Beyonce’ Is Performing At The Royal Wedding
Queen Bey is allegedly rumored to be performing at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple chose the right performer for their special day and I’m quite sure she is just as excited as they are.
This information comes from Palace, so somebody is snitching but at least its a good snitch. Beyonce’ has May 19 on her calendar, the day the couple are to get married. That could mean a couple of things, she could have been invited to the wedding or they could have asked her to perform for the wedding. Whatever the case may be this is such an accomplishment for Beyonce’.
A reliable source close to the singer says, “Beyonce’s planning a very special, surprise performance for the newlyweds,”. Knowing Beyonce’, I’m pretty sure its something spectacular.
According other reliable sources Queen Bey she is ecstatic, honored and excited to be a part of this fairy tale love story and it definitely is a fairy tale.
“Beyonce truly considers it a crowning achievement,” says the source. “She can’t wait.”
Its so beautiful to watch Prince Harry and Meghan together, this is a real live love story, not only that but the Prince also invited President Obama to the wedding, he is definitely down to earth. But where is Donald Quack Quack Trump’s invitation? Probably lost in the mail, he doesn’t need to attend anyway, his whack a$$ toupe’ may fly away.
Congrats to Beyonce’ and to Prince Harry and his bride to be Megan Markle.
Stacey Dash Claps Back At Rich Dollaz
Former actress Stacey Dash claps back at Love and Hip Hop New York’s reality star, Rich Dollaz on Twitter. Can’t nobody tell me that Stacey Dash doesn’t like controversy. I believe she gets into these arguments with people on purpose so that she can remain relevant but the only thing she is doing is making a damn fool of herself.
The actress decided to clap back on Richie D and of course on Twitter and the fans went bonkers. She announced that she was running for congress, okay I’m so damned confused, what does she even know about politics? She reminds me of an air head, this is another attempt to remain in the public eye. Somebody needs to shut her down immediately, what qualifies her to run for congress? But I guess if we voted a reality star as the President, she can run from Congress.
This is what she tweeted:
“A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts?”
“In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress. Would love to know what my fans and friends think.”
Rich Dollaz is no dummy, he’s college educated, he owns several businesses so he had to express his opinion to this delusional a$$ chick.
Rich tweets: “Your as dumb as the chick you played n Clueless, ohhh my bad that’s why that’s the only movie you booked because that’s who your really are.”
Stacey claps back: “When you spell “you,” correctly you can call me dumb.”
Is she serious? This is social media and we all use abbreviations, u or you it means the same thing dodo bird and that’s precisely why she needs to sit her a$$ down and shut her big a$$ mouth up!