In recent months, there has been a purge of the entertainment world’s sexual harassers/abusers. The fallout began with numerous women coming forward about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since his fall from grace, many other women and men have come forward about powerful men in the industry violating them in a sexual nature.
Yesterday was NBC News’ Matt Lauer’s day of reckoning. Today, it is legendary hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’. Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records and CEO of Rush Communications, has officially stepped down from running all of his companies. This comes after allegations by screenwriter Jenny Lumet that Simmons forced her into sex, in 1991. Simmons originally denied previous claims saying, “abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being.” However, now, the 60-year-old has decided to ghost himself from the world of business.
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991,” Simmons said in a statement. “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.”
Read Lumet’s detailing of the 1991 incident in the Hollywood Reporter here.