Not long ago Keri Khalighi a former American model accused Russel Simmons of sexually assaulting her, just a bit over a week after the incident, Jenny Lumet an award-winning screenwriter has come forward with the same claims.This recent Russel Simmons sexual assault charges has led to him stepping down from positions at his own companies.
The accusation came in form of a published article by THR(The Hollywood Reporter) in the article Lumet accused Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991.
According to the THR article, Lumet narrated how she met Simmons around 1987 when Simmons and Rick Rubin were working on a film with rap group Run-DMC.
Lumet went on to narrate the disturbing encounter with Simmons in 1991 when she was just 24 years old.
According to Lumet, Simmons offered her a ride home from the Manhattan Indochine, the driver locked the doors of his car.Instead of dropping Lumet in her apartment, Simmons ordered his driver to drop them in his apartment.
Lumet said Simmons used his “size to maneuver [her]” into his apartment building and up to his apartment bedroom, where she said she protested and then “simply did what I was told.”
In response to the accusations laid against him by Lumet, Simmons has stepped down from his various businesses, including the famous Rush Communications.Simmons representative has already released a statement about the ongoing accusation.
“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.”
Following the sexual assault accusations, HBO(Home Box Office) has announced that Simmons name would be removed from his upcoming HBO comedy program,”All Def Comedy.”