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Russell Simmons Steps Down Def Jam & Other Companies as Another Woman Comes Forward with Sexual Assault Claims

By Teonny Spears / Published on Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 11:37 AM / No Comments

Just one week after allegations about him surfaced, entrepreneur, producer and author Russell Simmons has stepped down from his position at Def Jam, the record label that he co-founded alongside Rick Ruben 33 years ago.

The news also comes following a claim from filmmaker Jenny Lumet, who states that Russell raped her in the early 90s. The alleged incident happened when Simmons offered her a ride to her Manhattan apartment. But instead, she says Russell locked the SUV doors and took her to his place, despite her repeatedly asking to be taken home.

She goes on to add that he first forced himself on her in his elevator, and then once inside his place, where he took her to the bedroom and raped her.

Russell says he has a different memory of that evening but he has since apologized saying he’s “been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades.”

Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has also accused him of raping her around the same time.


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26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.