Two women are moving forward with an attempt to prosecute Hip-Hop mogul, Russell Simmons. The women have filed criminal complaints with the New York Police Department, against Simmons, according to reports. One woman, Sherri Hines aka Sheri Sher of the Mercedes Ladies has already gone public with her allegation that Simmons raped her in an office in Manhattan back in 1983.
Another anonymous woman filed a new complaint, claiming Russell Simmons raped her when she was 32-years-old. The woman claims Simmons raped her in 1991 inside of his Manhattan apartment after the pair returned from a date. So far, 14 women have accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct or rape.
In related news, Russell Simmons recently revealed he has halted his #NotMe campaign, after deciding that “this is a time for women to speak.” In December, he was hit with accusations of sexual misconduct, rape, and assault from a group of other women in exposes published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. However, following the publication of the articles, Simmons vehemently denied the allegations and stated that he would present evidence to prove his innocence.
He also revealed he was creating a new movement called #NotMe – in response to the #MeToo initiative created to encourage sexual assault victims to come forward. Simmons has allegedly taken a polygraph test in response to the claims he sexually assaulted model Khalighi and claims the results prove his innocence. According to the music mogul’s attorneys, he plans to repeat the polygraph test for allegations made by four other women – and he’ll release the results once he’s completed all the tests.