Music mogul Russell Simmons says he will 'defend' himself following rape claims

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The New York Times has reported the stories of three women who have accused him of raping them between 1988-2014. "I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women", Simmons said in a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday.

The investigation comes a day after nine different women accused Simmons of varying levels of sexual misconduct in a pair of stories in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

In the Times story, Drew Dixon, a former Def Jam employee, accused Simmons of talking to her sexually, asking her to sit on his lap, exposing himself to her and raping her. Simmons remained Baker's manager after the alleged rape, and so she continued to interact with him and he continued to harass her.

Toni Sallie was a 28-year-old music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive when she met Simmons while on assignment in 1987. Late last month, Simmons said he was stepping away from his companies following what at the time was a second allegation of sexual misconduct. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by 'Guilty by Accusation, ' " Simmons said in a statement.

Simmons followed that post with one of an image showing a hashtag - #NOTME - in response to the #MeToo hashtag that helped propel awareness and reports of sexual harassment this fall.

Taken together, the allegations span from the early 1980s, when Simmons was cementing his status as an elder statesman of hip hop via Def Jam records, to just a few years ago.

"I was broken", she told the New York Times. More than 10 women have now publicly accused Simmons of sexual harassment, assault or rape.

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Through his Instagram account, Simmons added, "My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold the accusers accountable". "He couldn't believe I would say no". I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced.

Ms Lumet said she went public after model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his NY apartment in 1991.

He said he would "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence". Cutrone says that after the incident, the idea of going to the police felt "overwhelming", though she did tell a friend, Tatijana Shoan, about the encounter.

Simmons said he never had sex with Baker.

At that time he also denied the allegations, but apologized.

Also on Thursday, the New York Police Department confirmed that it is investigating the rape claims and are reaching out to the alleged victims.

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