If there is any woman who knows business mogul Russell Simmons the best, it is his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons. In recent months, a total of 15 women have accused the Def Jam founder of sexual misconduct best considered as rape allegations. These women have alleged accounts starting from inappropriate behavior in business settings to an apparent attempted assault inside of a women’s bathroom, down to a post-date gone wrong extending to more than 30 years. Kimora begs to differ.
The mother of four took to Instagram to add her “voice to the chrous of those speaking out against harassment and violence in all its forms” in regards to the multiple allegations plagued on her ex-husband. Kimora and Russell are co-parents to two daughters Aoki Lee and Ming Lee and were married for 11 years, sharing a 25 year friendship.
“I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced, and have remained friends, co-parents and partners throughout it all. These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supportive father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities.”
One of the most recent accusations stem from 37-year-old documentary filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, who claims she was raped by Simmons at her home in Hollywood Hills, California.
Russell Simmons continues to stand firm on his innocence as he recently shared on Instagram a graphic that curates the term #NoTime making it clear, ” I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.”
Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.