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Russell Simmons Declares Innocence, Plans Defense Against Sexual Assault Allegations

Several publications reported previously that Eva Marcille, the victor of America's Next Top Model, defended Russell Simmons following the half-dozen list of women who accused him of rape, assault, and sexual harassment.

Russell Simmons at a New York City appearance in 2014 to promote his book on meditation.

As reported in November, model Keri Claussen Khalighi first accused Simmons of sexual assault, relating an incident that allegedly occurred in 1991.

I don't know if Russell Simmons' publicist has abandoned him in light of what's taken place in recent weeks, but here's a free one for him: this ain't the way.

CNN has not independently verified the women's stories and has reached out to them for comment.

Police for the New York Police Department confirmed yesterday that they were now getting in touch with Simmons' alleged victims, with Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor saying in a statement: "Our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information". "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all my relations have been consensual", he said. "I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are now being described".

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.

Simmons denies any wrongdoing, and wrote on Instagram that he "will prove without a doubt" that he is innocent.

Simmons made a decision to take a lie detector test to address the rape accusation from model Keri Claussen Khalighi.

Through his Instagram account, Simmons added, "My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold the accusers accountable".

Dozens in the entertainment industry, politics and beyond have been accused of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement. "It's just a statement about my innocence".

MUSIC mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by three women.

In his statement responding to the accusations, Simmons said he had already apologized for "instances of thoughtlessness" in his consensual relationships, and had separated himself from his businesses and charities so as not to be a distraction.

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