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Russell Simmons Steps Down, Issues Public Apology

Rozetta5tone
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Russell Simmons is stepping down from his companies in the wake of an accusation of harassment and sexual assault.
Simmons, the founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications, released a statement on Thursday after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991. She detailed the encounter in a guest column published by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
"I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet's recollection about our night together in 1991," Simmons said in a statement. "I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. 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."

The statement continued: "This is a time of great transition. The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard. As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don't want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward. I will convert the studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing. As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening."

In Lumet's column she wrote that, "maybe recalling of this incident can be helpful" to other women who have spoken out against Simmons, but realizes there's a lot at stake in coming forward with her story.
"There is so much guilt, and so much shame," Lumet wrote. "There is an excruciating internal reckoning. As a woman of color, I cannot express how wrenching it is to write this about a successful man of color."
HBO announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that they were dropping Simmons from an upcoming stand-up series, "All Def Comedy," which he produced with the premium network. The series is set to premiere December 1.
"HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned," an HBO spokesperson said. "However, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward. The series is a platform for promising and upcoming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons."
This latest accusation made by Lumet comes after a Los Angeles Times report published on November 19 that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct made against director Brett Ratner and Simmons. A woman quoted in the story said Ratner and Simmons were "in it together."
Ratner and Simmons denied the allegations, with Simmons adding that, "abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being."
Simmons, 60, got his start in the music industry in the early 80s managing his younger brother, Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons' hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. The group is widely hailed as an early pioneer of hip hop music. Simmons co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin in 1984. Some of the biggest names in hip hop have at one point or another been signed to the label: Jay-Z, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and currently Iggy Azalea and Justin Bieber to name a few.
But it's not just music that helped make Simmons a household name. He went on to create several successful clothing lines, including Phat Farm, Argyleculture and Tantris.
Under his company Rush Communications Inc., Simmons has also been heavily involved in philanthropy. In 1995, he and his brothers, Rev. Run and Danny Simmons, co-founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which helps expose inner city youth to the arts. Simmons was named a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN in 2009 and has also been a strong supporter of 🤬 rights and animal rights. In recent years, Simmons has been very vocal about his spirituality, calling himself a "Christian yogi." In 2016, he opened a yoga studio in Los Angeles called Tantris.
Simmons joins a long list of Hollywood power players who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the last two months. Two exposés published in October that detailed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged harassment and assault against women opened the floodgates for others to come forward with their experiences. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.


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  • Rozetta5tone
    Rozetta5tone Don't quote me bro Right hereMembers Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.
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  • Rozetta5tone
    Rozetta5tone Don't quote me bro Right hereMembers Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    How long till Megan Fox comes for Michael Bay gor making her wash his car in a bikini?
    She ate good off those movies. I doubt she’s gonna talk
  • 5 Grand
    5 Grand Members Posts: 12,869 ✭✭✭✭✭
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.
  • Kat
    Kat Don't @ Me to Dumb Shit. H-TownMembers Posts: 50,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?
  • Elzo69Renaissance
    Elzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattleMembers Posts: 50,708 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?

    Motive
  • blackgod813
    blackgod813 Members Posts: 9,577 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wish i was famous i would be them hoes sucked my 🤬 i came in sayin suck my an i meant it but hoes love me to much to happen to a real player i beat women scream cry they never tell kus im a teddy bear
  • spit_fiya
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  • Rozetta5tone
    Rozetta5tone Don't quote me bro Right hereMembers Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?
    Did they speak first or did it take a media bonanza to happen in order for them to speak up?
  • huey
    huey Members Posts: 11,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn that. I wouldn't be stepping down from not na'an company I built, wrong or not. I'mma fight that 🤬 to the bitter end and flip it to slander/libel and defamation of character. "Do you have proof of said encounter? No? Then what the 🤬 are we here for? You honor you know what you need to do..."

    interesting point. is anyone doing this currently?
  • jono
    jono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Members Posts: 30,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Most of these dudes roll over without fight or argument because those they work for/with want this 🤬 to go away ASAP.

    Otherwise I think you'd see some defamation suits.
  • Kat
    Kat Don't @ Me to Dumb Shit. H-TownMembers Posts: 50,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?
    Did they speak first or did it take a media bonanza to happen in order for them to speak up?

    Who cares? Plenty of people have clearly been keeping quiet, including men. It is what it is..they talking now.
  • Rozetta5tone
    Rozetta5tone Don't quote me bro Right hereMembers Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
    Kat wrote: »
    Kat wrote: »
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?
    Did they speak first or did it take a media bonanza to happen in order for them to speak up?

    Who cares? Plenty of people have clearly been keeping quiet, including men. It is what it is..they talking now.
    Seems like you’re ignoring motive....
  • Kat
    Kat Don't @ Me to Dumb Shit. H-TownMembers Posts: 50,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Seems like you're ignoring some things too, but I can't say I'm surprised.

    Let's take cases of minorities lying about hate crimes. Does that select few negate the majority of claims that have merit?

    Don't be such a man. These men accused are drowning in power and ego. It's totally believable that they have abused it through the years.
  • konceptjones
    konceptjones Old School Playa Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 13,139 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    Seems like you're ignoring some things too, but I can't say I'm surprised.

    Let's take cases of minorities lying about hate crimes. Does that select few negate the majority of claims that have merit?

    Don't be such a man. These men accused are drowning in power and ego. It's totally believable that they have abused it through the years.

    If I was a man in that position, and some broad from 20-30 years ago pops up like "he rubbed my leg while he was driving me to work at Mc Jack in the King Jr's" I'mma be like "prove it". Even if I know full well that I did it, prove that 🤬 . If you ain't got proof, we ain't got 🤬 to discuss and I ain't explaining a 🤬 damned thing to the media either.

    That's where all these dudes went wrong. They're outchea holding press conferences and 🤬 , issuing apologies and alladat... Nah b, you come with some proof that I did that 🤬 otherwise shut the 🤬 up and keep it moving.
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  • Rozetta5tone
    Rozetta5tone Don't quote me bro Right hereMembers Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    Seems like you're ignoring some things too, but I can't say I'm surprised.

    Let's take cases of minorities lying about hate crimes. Does that select few negate the majority of claims that have merit?

    Don't be such a man. These men accused are drowning in power and ego. It's totally believable that they have abused it through the years.
    And even if they did, so what?

    There are no victims when it comes to the casting couch. Those women knew what it was when they signed up. They weren’t victims then and they aren’t victims now.

    I said it before and I say it again...the only times “victims” speak up is when the money go quiet.


  • Elzo69Renaissance
    Elzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattleMembers Posts: 50,708 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Terry gotta be laughing his ass off right now

    🤬 that big 🤬 might be finished out there
  • deadeye
    deadeye Walmart Warrior Kat's buttMembers Posts: 22,884 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    5 Grand wrote: »
    i ro ny wrote: »
    Ether.
    Old Money is getting extorted out of their positions. Hollywood is built on the casting couch.

    If you notice, it’s mostly failed actresses/struggling actresses that are coming forward.

    Mfs knew what it was when they showed up to the casting call and now they’re bitter because their star power aka 🤬 wasn’t as bright as they thought.

    Yeah its interesting that no famous stars are calling out no name industry insiders, its the other way around, its no name industry insiders calling out famous stars.

    Many famous or well known stars have spoken out. Why does being more famous make them more credible though?


    They've spoken out against what's going on, but aren't acknowledging any personal experiences.



    Probably because it's a double-edged sword.



    There's a difference between someone being forced to do something against their will...........and someone choosing to compromise themselves to get ahead and make a name for themselves in Hollywood.