FOX: Russell Simmons has stepped down from his businesses after a report of alleged sexual misconduct from 1991 surfaced.
Jenny Lumet, a screenwriter and the granddaughter of Lena Horne, wrote an open letter to Simmons via The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
In the lengthy guest column, Lumet detailed a harrowing account of the alleged incident between herself and Simmons, a then acquaintance. She said he offered to give her a ride home back to her apartment in New York City in his limo. Instead, Lumet said she was taken to Simmons’ home against her will.
“At no time that night did I say: ‘Russell, I will go home with you.’ Or, ‘Come home with me.’ Or ‘I will have sex with you.’ Or ‘I have the desire to have sex with you’,” Lumet wrote.
She wrote that she was then coerced into his apartment where she says Simmons assaulted her.
“At that point, I simply did what I was told. There was penetration. I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could,” said Lumet. “You told me to turn over on my stomach. You said something about a part of my body.”
Simmons issued an apology in response to Lumet’s claims and stepped down from his companies in light of the accusations. read more