Russell Simmons will be taking a backseat to the businesses he founded following new allegations of sexual assault.
The Def Jam Recordings co-founder revealed his decision after Rachel Getting Married screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1991. Lumet shared details about the alleged encounter in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter that was published Thursday (November 30).
Lumet, who is the daughter of late Hollywood director Sidney Lumet, recalled being sexually assaulted by Simmons in an apartment bedroom after accepting a ride from him. She describes their interactions as acquaintances over the years, and then how, after she accepted a ride home one night, Simmons told the driver not to take her home, but instead to Simmons’ apartment.
“I made the trade in my mind. I thought ‘just keep him calm and you’ll get home,’” Lumet wrote. “Maybe another person would have thought differently, or not made the trade. It was dark, but not pitch dark. You closed the door. At that point, I simply did what I was told. There was penetration. At one point you were only semi-erect and appeared frustrated. Angry? I remember being afraid that you would deem that my