June 10, 2020 | 2:50pm
Russell Simmons denied allegations of sexual assault throughout a radio interview Wednesday, main one in every of his accusers to blast this system for giving the hip hop mogul a platform.
The 62-year-old music producer spoke out on “The Breakfast Membership” when co-host Charlamagne tha God requested him concerning the new HBO Max docuseries “On the Document,” during which Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting three ladies.
“I’ve not watched it,” Simmons mentioned, earlier than occurring to element his life as a “playboy” whereas denying he ever compelled himself on anybody.
“I’m responsible—of getting underwritten, supported, made soundtracks for, taken benefit of, and lived in a grossly unjust society,” he went on. “I helped write the music ‘I’m a Ho’ with Whodini. … I made the film ‘Easy methods to Be a Participant’ and Bell Invoice Bellamy performed me. So I do know what I’m responsible of, and I’ve been unconscious as a playboy, and at this time the title is suitable of ‘womanizer,’ So I’m responsible of that. And , again then I believed it was a recreation … there have been no black actresses that I didn’t date, and so they’re my mates at this time.
“I went out each night time, on the lookout for new ladies to this point, and virtually all of them are my mates at this time … they don’t have the expertise of me being the monster that the film makes me to be.”
Simmons additionally mentioned Oprah Winfrey’s preliminary involvement within the doc and her resolution to ultimately back out.
“She walked away, and she or he did say that the tales had inconsistencies — not one, however all of the tales, all three ladies.
“I might by no means say that somebody doesn’t really feel victimized, these tales are 25-40 years outdated. I can’t say that somebody doesn’t really feel victimized, I can inform you that I don’t really feel I victimized them.”
Accuser Sil Lai Abrams instantly took to social media to name out the businessman and “The Breakfast Membership” itself for giving the Def Jam co-founder a platform.
“The largest radio present within the Black group simply gave an enormous center finger to Black ladies and survivors of sexual assault,” Abrams tweeted. “That is obscene @breakfastclubam. Why do you carry water for this man? Why now? Why are you so tone deaf? You’re all complicit in guaranteeing that black ladies’s proper to bodily autonomy continues to be denied. You’re additionally rape apologists.”
Abrams claims Simmons raped her in 1994.