Russell Simmons, pictured in 2015, is accused of sexual misconduct by 12 women since last month.
The New York Police Department is assessing allegations of rape and sexual assault against Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, an NYPD spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News late Thursday.
“The NYPD has received information about the allegations with Russell Simmons in the New York City area and our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information,” the spokeswoman said.
On Wednesday, The New York Times published a story in which three women accused Simmons of raping them. The allegations are from the 1980’s and 1990’s. On the same day, the Los Angeles Times published claims from five different women, who accused Simmons of sexual misconduct. Two of the woman mentioned in that story claimed that Simmons raped.
Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and Thursday, writing on Instagram that “I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges.”
Today, I am beginning to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The original sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim is made that this insane pile up on my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My goal is not to reduce the #MeToo movement in any case, but instead to hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in combination with #Metoo . It is simply a statement about my innocence.
Simmons placed his words under a picture that read #NotMe, to explain that he was not trying to go against the anti-harassment movement #MeToo, where millions have shared their stories of sexually harassed and abused.
“My goal is not to reduce the #MeToo movement in any way, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” he wrote. “Again, this is not a movement against or even in combination with #MeToo. It is simply a statement about my innocence.”
Late Thursday, fashion publicist and TELEVISION personality Kelly Cutrone told the New York Post that Simmons tried to rape her after they left a party together in 1991.
“He pushed me in his apartment and he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to … take my clothes off of me,” Cutrone told us, “And I began to kick him really, really hard, to shout, to tell that he get the f— off of me. And that I would have him killed if he ever f—ing laid a hand on me.”
Cutrone said Simmons’ “#NotMe” – statement amounted to “a call to every human being who wants the right to abuse of women to continue.”
Last month, model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons forced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in 1991. Simmons said the sex with Klalighi was the prosecutor. Days later, screenwriter Jenny Lumet said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago, despite her repeated demands that he stop. Following Lumet’s assertions, HBO said it would edit a link to Simmons in the “All Def Comedy” show.
Simmons founded Def Jam Recordings with mega-producer Rick Rubin in 1984. It made stars of hip-hop artists such as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.