Last month, a former model named Keri Claussen Khalighi alleged that Russell Simmons had raped her (while Brett Ratner watched) in 1991. Russell claimed everything was consensual. Then screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of alleged rape. Russell released a statement implying it was all consensual. Yesterday, The New York Times published the accounts of four women accusing Russell of sexual assault, three of whom accuse him of rape. Prepare for a case of déjà-vu, because Russell has responded, and he recycled his favorite denial about everything being consensual.
Last week, it was announced that music producer Antonio Marquis “L.A.” Reid is out as chairman of Sony’s Epic Records after six years. L.A. vaguely hinted about his departure from Epic on Twitter with an inspirational quote about not confusing a single defeat with a final defeat. It sounds like there might have been more than just a single defeat that lead to his departure. According to the New York Post, 60-year-old L.A. was fired after a female co-worker complained of several instances of sexual harassment.