Russell Simmons

American businesmsan Russell Simmons

Russell Wendell Simmons is an American business magnate. He and Rick Rubin founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. He also created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics. Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip-hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million as of April 2011.
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Russell Simmons contributions to be removed from Oprah's book
CNN - 19 days
Future printings of Oprah Winfrey's spiritual self-help book, "The Wisdom of Sundays," will not include contributions from former hip-hop music executive Russell Simmons, according to the book's publisher.
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Russell Simmons 'Started To Kiss Me And Then He Raped Me'
Huffington Post - 21 days
Jennifer Jarosik, who's suing the media mogul for $5 million, opened up with her story that Simmons assaulted her twice.
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Music Mogul Russell Simmons Faces New Sexual Assault Allegations
NPR - 26 days
New allegations are being reported against music mogul Russell Simmons in a lawsuit alleging a rape in 2016. The suit was filed by a filmmaker who says Simmons offered to help her finance her film.
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Russell Simmons denies latest woman's claim that he raped her - 26 days
(Reuters) - Hip hop music producer Russell Simmons on Thursday denied an accusation leveled in a civil lawsuit that he raped an aspiring documentary film maker at his Los Angeles home in 2016, the latest of several women to claim they were sexually abused by the music and film producer.
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Russell Simmons sued for $5 million over alleged rape incident
Fox News - 27 days
Music mogul Russell Simmons is facing a $5 million lawsuit by an aspiring filmmaker who claims he raped her last year.
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Accusations against James Toback, Russell Simmons grow
Fox News - about 1 month
The number of women accusing filmmaker James Toback of sexual misconduct has reached 395, according to the Los Angeles Times; TMZ reports two more rape allegations were filed against Russell Simmons.
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Russell Simmons 'vehemently' denies new assault allegations
ABC News - about 1 month
The NYPD has been investigating other claims made against the mogul.
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Two of Russell Simmons’ accusers say alleged sexual misconduct happened 'so fast'
LATimes - 2 months
Two of the women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct shared details about their alleged experiences with the music mogul Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today.” Natashia Williams-Blach and Sheri Hines, who first publicly accused Simmons last week in a Los Angeles Times article, sat...
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Barbershop: The Alabama Senate Race And Accusations Against Russell Simmons
NPR - 2 months
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, Dru Ealons, founder of the Ealons Group, and Huffington Post's Julia Craven join guest host Ray Suarez in the barbershop to talk about the Alabama Senate race, identity politics and sexual harassment.
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Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo
NYTimes - 2 months
When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Simmons
  • 2015
    Age 57
    In 2015, Simmons criticized his friend, real-estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in an open letter after Trump called for Muslim immigrants to be barred from entering the United States.
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  • 2013
    Age 55
    In November 2013, he pledged support for New York's mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in recognition of his support for animal rights.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    In 2012, Simmons supported Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich's re-election campaign, appearing with the politician at various speaking events.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    Simmons is also a longtime supporter for gay rights. He encourages marriage equality. In 2011, when the retail corporation Lowe's withdrew funding from the show All-American Muslim, Simmons promised to pay the Learning Channel for any revenue lost.
    In 2011, he took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests, visiting the protesters at Zuccotti Park often and for many consecutive days.
    Together with Rabbi Marc Schneier he served as the official patron of the conference held July 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine.
    Simmons officially endorses the second Muslim Jewish Conference 2011.
    In a similar vein, Simmons is a supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation, and was honored at their 2011 gala dinner.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    In May 2009, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Slavery Memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In March 2006, Simmons announced his divorce from Lee.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    Simmons became Chairman of Board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in 2002.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    Simmons met model Kimora Lee in November 1992. They dated for four years and married on December 20, 1998. on the island of Saint Barthélemy.
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  • 1985
    Age 27
    In 1985 Russell Simmons co-produced and appeared in the film, Krush Groove.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    Simmons co-founded Def Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin who sold his share of the company for $120 million to Universal Music Group in 1996.
  • 1975
    Age 17
    In 1975, after graduating from August Martin High School, Simmons briefly attended the City College of New York in Harlem where he met a young DJ/Bboy, Kurt Walker, who influenced him to participate in the hip-hop phenomenon.
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  • 1957
    Born on October 4, 1957.
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