Russell Simmons Takes Polygraph Test, Starts #NotMe Hashtag
(AllHipHop News) Rap Mogul Russell Simmons has come forward to once again defend himself multiple rape claims.
This time, instead of issuing statements, the 60-year-old Def Jam Founder decided to take a polygraph test, denying that he has raped multiple women over the past 30 years.
Earlier today, Russell Simmons took a polygraph test in hopes of clearing his name.
According to his Representatives, Russell Simmons passed his test and is asking his multiple accusers to take a lie detector test as well.
The mogul has also created the hashtag #NotMe, in hopes of clearing his name.
"Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges," Russell Simmons wrote in a post on Instagram.
"Today, I will focus on 'The Original Sin' (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet," Russell Simmons continued. "My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence."
The Los Angeles Times also ran a separate story, where five women told stories of improper behavior, and worse - straight up rape.
Russell has repeatedly denied the allegations since a model named Keri Claussen Khalighi came forward on November 19th.
Since then multiple women, including screenwriter Jenny Lumet and Sheri Sher of rap group Mercedes Ladies, have claimed Russell Simmons forced them to have sex with him, exposed himself, and created a hostile, sexually charged work environment at Tantris yoga studio in Los Angeles.https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcr6U8AgyNL/?hl=en&taken-by=unclerush
Russell Simmons Takes Polygraph After Assault Allegations
According to Simmons' attorneys, Michael Sterling and E. Carlos Tanner, Simmons passed with flying colors, and plans to repeat the test for allegations made by 4 other women. They say Russell will release all the results once he's completed the tests.