Friday, December 1, 2017

See Why Southeast Queens Hip Hop Legend Russell Simmons Is The Latest Celebrity To Be Accused Of Sexual Abuse

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By Kamau Austin

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It is being reported recently that Russell Simmons, a Southeast Queens legendary hip hop business mogul, is the latest powerful man with celebrity status to be accused of sexually abusing a woman. His accuser is Jenny Lumet.

According to an account by the BBC website Ms. Lumet, an accomplished screenwriter now, was forced to have sex with Simmons back "around 1991." The BBC claims "Jenny Lumet has said he directed his driver to take her to his apartment after she'd said she wanted to go home, before they had sex, around 1991."

The article further states she asked Russell's driver to take her home but Simmons told him "no" on a number of occasions and took her to his residence where a fearful Ms. Lumet was coerced to have sex with him. Mr. Simmons responded to the press "her memory of that evening is very different from mine." However, Russell Simmons did resign from his leading position with his company Rush Communications in light of the scandal.

Sexual abuse of women is widespread in society and must not be tolerated. And I am happy women across the spectrum of ethnic and social groups are coming forward naming their abusers.

However, I am stunned. We just did a story on his anti-violence work in my neighborhood a few weeks ago in the Southeast Queens Scoop. To his credit he's taught meditation and nonviolence techniques to young people and gang members in the Greater Jamaica and Southeast Queens area.

Therefore, he is credited a bit in helping to lower crime in our area to record lows. Now these are just devastating revelations.

Meditation and yoga from what I read, and saw in videos online, helped him change his life around from drugs and other issues. He probably isn't the same person he was back almost 26 years ago.

He's done positive things as of late. Simmons also issued the apologetic statements "While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologise."

I don't care to write anymore at this time on these painful events. However here are links to a couple of thought provoking articles that go into more detail: 1. Russell Simmons: Music mogul steps down after sex allegation click here and 2. Why I Reached Out to Russell Simmons click here

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