Russell Simmons Stepping Down From Def Jam After Another Sexual Assault Accusation

Russell is removing himself from his companies as he deals with the accusations.

In an effort to separate himself from his businesses, Russell Simmons is stepping down from Def Jam and other companies after a second woman has come forward claiming he raped her in the 90s.

Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Recordings, issued a statement today saying that he would be stepping down as Jenny Lumet accused him of raping her.

He wrote: “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.”

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