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Syracuse native Kelly Cutrone says Russell Simmons tried to rape her

Syracuse native Kelly Cutrone says Russell Simmons tried to rape her

Several publications reported previously that Eva Marcille, the victor of America's Next Top Model, defended Russell Simmons following the half-dozen list of women who accused him of rape, assault, and sexual harassment.

Cutrone, who was 26 at the time, said she believes Simmons led her to his own apartment instead of a friend's.

Even though, Cutrone claims to have been harassed by Simmons, the idea of going to police felt "overwhelming" at the time. The mogul released a statement regarding the incident with Lumet, apologizing and sympathizing with her feelings of fear and intimidation, but denied assaulting her.

Simmons posted his words under a photo that read #NotMe, explaining that he isn't trying to go against the anti-harassment movement #MeToo, where millions have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted.

Simmons, 60, said on Instagram he will "begin to properly defend" himself and posted the hashtag #NotMe, an echo of the #MeToo movement that saw half a million women around the world speak up about their experiences. "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges", he wrote. "Stay tuned! We'll share information today". Screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused Simmons of raping her.

Dozens in the entertainment industry, politics and beyond have been accused of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement. "It's just a statement about my innocence".

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Reuters could not independently confirm any of the allegations against Simmons, who also founded the fashion lines Phat Farm and Tantris, and co-produced films and TV shows including "The Nutty Professor" and "Def Comedy Jam". He continued on in the statement expressing that all of his relations with the women were lawful and consensual.

"I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f-k off of me and that I would have him killed if he ever f-king laid a hand on me", she said, according to Page Six.

In an earlier denial issued on Wednesday, Simmons said his accusers' claims "range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful".

HuffPost has reached out to Cutrone and Simmons for comment.

This comes on the heels of Eva's public defense of Simmons, where she questioned those who are "quick to condemn an incredible man because of what someone says".


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