Russell Simmons is hitting back at a woman who accused him of rape in an attempt to recoup legal fees. He’s suing her for $35,000.
via Page Six:
In each case, numerous friends and associates said they were told of the incidents at the time.
The women said they were inspired to come forward in the aftermath of the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, as victims’ stories have been newly elevated and more often believed.
Told in detail about the rape accusations and other misconduct, Mr. Simmons, 60, said in a statement: “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
He added: “I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power.”
You can read each of their stories via The New York Times.