Kelly Cutrone: Russell Simmons tried to rape me

Kelly Cutrone: Russell Simmons tried to rape me

Kelly Cutrone: Russell Simmons tried to rape me

In that November statement, Simmons said he would "commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening". It came in 1995 when she executive produced a soundtrack for the music documentary The Show, featuring Tupac and A Tribe Called Quest, but while out celebrating the album's platinum success she said she let her guard down and entered Simmons' apartment.

Cops recently started looking into the disturbing accusations against Simmons and are reaching out to his alleged victims, according to Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor.

When contacted about Cutrone's allegations, Simmons' rep referred ABC News to his initial statement, in which Simmons "vehemently" denies all allegations.

New York City police have opened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The new allegations reported by the Los Angeles Times dated back to 1983 for one from a member of an all-female hip-hop group who claimed Simmons raped her and included another from a massage therapist who said he exposed himself and asked her to touch him.

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Sallie was a music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive when she met Simmons while on assignment in 1987. She said he led her to his bedroom, pushed her on the bed, jumped on top of her and "physically attacked me". Two former employees at yoga studio Tantris also described a sexually-charged and tense atmosphere at the studio, where Simmons frequently attended class and oversaw programs, and alleged he used his position of power to pursue women at the studio.

Cutrone told ABC News in a statement, "I came forward as a result of Russell Simmons' #NotMe, as I felt it was a license to continue to perpetuate violence against women".

Since November, at least 11 women altogether, including screenwriter Jenny Lumet, actress Natashia Williams-Blach and fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, have accused Simmons of sexual misconduct. Dixon, who was 24 at the time, tried to stave off the harassment until later that year, when she said Simmons raped her in his Manhattan apartment. In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject.

"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", he added in the statement. In the last few days, one woman attempted to extort me for $500,000 only to recant her ridiculous claim.

"The current allegations sent to me by the New York Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful". "We were fighting. I said no".

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