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NYPD Launches Investigation into Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons is now the target of an NYPD investigation after several women have accused the Def Jam founder of sexual assault.

The special victim’s unit of the NYPD is investigating the sexual misconduct claims of at least seven women, according to the L.A. Times., and that detectives are in the initial stages of reaching out to the alleged victims.

Simmons stepped down from his businesses last month after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of sexual assault.  He has also been accused of rape by former model, Keri Claussen.

The mogul has denied any he committed sexual assault and claims all the other incidents were consensual.  He also posted “#NOTME” this morning in response to the accusations, and vows to defend himself and “hold accusers accountable.”