“[I] still whole heartedly support #metoo despite my experiences.”
Russell Simmons has released a statement in support of the #MeToo movement despite being accused of sexual misconduct and assault.
Simmons posted a statement on Instagram Monday, that read, “The future is brown conscious and feminine.” In the caption, he wrote, “[I] still whole heartedly support #metoo despite my experiences.” He continued, “As for me I have been a playboy all my life i accept that the new more accurate term for playboy is womanizer Therefore i accept that i have been part of the problem and I’m here now to be part of the solution.”
He added, ” I am sad for the many men who are being extorted or unjustly accused (and there are many) but It is worth it if my daughters will live in a world where the agenda for women is advanced.”
At least a dozen women have come forward with allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against Simmons.
Simmons has denied all allegations.
Earlier this year, in a since-deleted Instagram post, he issued a statement including the hashtag #NotMe, writing “this insane pile on of my #MeToo… My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold the accusers accountable. #NotMe.”
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Last week, a judge denied Simmons’ appeal to throw out the $10 million Jane Doe rape lawsuit filed earlier this year.
A hearing for the case has been set for next month.
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