Russell Simmons steps down from firms following new accusation from author Jenny Lumet

Russell Simmons is stepping down from his varied companies following a brand new accusation of sexual misconduct towards him Thursday, in response to a statement he provided to The Hollywood Reporter.

The music mogul made the choice after new accuser, author Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married), got here ahead in a visitor column with the leisure journal, accusing the Def Jam co-founder of forcing her to have intercourse in 1991.

“This can be a time of nice transition… I do not wish to be a distraction so I’m eradicating myself from the companies that I based,” he wrote. ” As for me, I’ll step apart and commit myself to persevering with my private development, religious studying and above all to listening.”

He added the the businesses will now be run by a “new and various technology of extraordinary executives” and that he’s changing his studio for yogic science right into a not-for-profit middle of “studying and therapeutic.”

Lumet, the daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of singer/activist Lena Horne, mentioned the incident occurred when she was 24 after she was trapped in Simmons’ automotive and brought to his condo.

“I gave the driving force my deal with on 19th Avenue and 2nd Avenue. You mentioned to the driving force: ‘No.’” she wrote. “Then, the automotive doorways locked. I could not open the doorways. I could not open the home windows. The automotive was shifting. The motive force didn’t cease. He didn’t take me to 19th Avenue. He took me to your condo.”

Lumet mentioned she felt “afraid,” and famous there was penetration.

“At no time that evening did I say: ‘Russell, I’ll go house with you.’ Or, ‘Come house with me.’ Or ‘I’ll have intercourse with you.’ Or ‘I’ve the need to have intercourse with you.’” she wrote.

Simmons was beforehand accused of sexual assault by mannequin Keri Claussen Khalighi in an in depth report revealed by The Los Angeles Times Nov. 19. In an announcement to USA TODAY, Simmons “fully and unequivocally” denied the allegations.

Khalighi disputed Russell Simmons’ denials that he assaulted her when she was 17 throughout an interview on “Megyn Kelly In the present day” Nov. 22. She informed Kelly that she engaged in a number of conversations with Simmons in regards to the assault and he privately apologized to her for it.

USA TODAY has reached out to Simmons reps for additional remark.

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Seth Rogen, James Franco open up on sexual harassment, the Sony hack and their friendship
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