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Def Jam co-founder to step back after rape allegations

Def Jam co-founder to step back after rape allegations
Def Jam’s co-founder Russell Simmons has been hit with a series of sexual harassment and rape allegations over the past few weeks, some connected with disgraced movie man Brett Ratner. Simmons has denied them all, but now actress Jenny Lumet has shared an open letter with The Hollywood Reporter about how Simmons raped her, and it’s finally made Simmons step back.
He’s published a typically mealy-mouthed statement which doesn’t accept any blame and talks about leaving his businesses for personal growth, and we’ve published two paragraphs of bullshit below.
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991. 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 apologise.
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 centre 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.”

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