Big time Hollywood mogul’s careers are swiftly coming undone amid the countless sexual assault scandals.
Amongst the biggest names to fall include Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Brett Ratner, and Harvey Weinstein.
And now another major Hollywood mogul is on his way out.
The Los Angeles Police Department has their hands full investigating dozens of crimes related to the Hollywood sex scandals.
Former child star Corey Feldman is even helping the department in their efforts to expose a decades-long underground pedophilia ring involving some of Hollywood’s biggest players.
And now major music producer Russell Simmons, best known for Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam, stands with three rape accusations against him, dating back to the late 80’s.
Three women have come forward to accuse Russell Simmons of rape, weeks after the music mogul stepped down from his media empire after allegations of sexual misconduct from other women.
In on-the-record interviews with the New York Times published Wednesday, three women — Drew Dixon, a former executive at Simmons’s record label, Def Jam Recordings; Toni Sallie, a journalist for a music magazine; and Tina Baker, a singer — claimed that Simmons sexually attacked and raped them in a series of alleged incidents between 1988 and 1995.
Sallie told the Times that Simmons — whom she had reportedly met previously while on assignment — had invited her to a party at his New York City apartment in 1988, but when she arrived, she found the place empty except for herself and the music mogul. She added that Simmons proceeded to take her to a bedroom, and allegedly raped her.
“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” Sallie told the paper. “We were fighting. I said no.”
Sallie reportedly told several friends about the alleged incident at the time, but was afraid to take the claim to the police and was worried about what effect it might have on the beginnings of her career.
Sallie also claimed that she ran into Simmons at a music conference in Florida the following year, where the mogul allegedly attacked her after she refused his attempt to take her to a dark beach.
An attorney for Simmons told the Times that his client never behaved “inappropriately” with Sallie.
Meanwhile, Baker, a singer who Simmons was reportedly managing at the time, accused the mogul of raping her at his apartment in the early 1990s. Baker told the Times that she went to the executive’s apartment to discuss her music career, but she soon found Simmons on top of her and “pushing [her] down.” She told the paper she recalled Simmons saying, “Don’t fight me,” before he allegedly raped her.
Baker said she later returned to his apartment, as she was contractually bound to work with him, and the mogul allegedly exposed himself to her, causing her to flee.
Simmons’s attorney told the Times that he had “no recollection of ever having any sexual relations with Ms. Baker.”
The third woman, Dixon, accused Simmons of regularly sexually harassing her while she worked as an executive at Def Jam Recordings. Dixon claimed her then-boss constantly exposed himself to her, and one night allegedly raped her at his apartment.
“The last thing I remember was him pinning me down to kiss me on the bed,” Dixon told the paper, explaining that she disassociated and blacked out during the alleged assault.
A fourth woman named in the report also accused the mogul of sexual assault.
In a statement to the Times, the embattled mogul “vehemently” denied all of the allegations.
“These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” he said. “I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality, and power.”
Looks like the LAPD has one more investigation to add to their pile.