Russell Simmons
Music producer, businessman

Allegations Summary:
Rape, sexual assault
Industry:
Alleged Victim Gender:
Female

Russell Simmons is a music producer and record label executive.  He is known for co-founding the Def Jam record label with Rick Rubin, for creating the clothing line Phat Farm, and for his involvement in the HBO program Def Comedy Jam.

In November and December 2017, Simmons was accused of multiple serious allegations of sexual misconduct.  They include:

  • 1983: A member of  the hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies alleged that Simmons raped her in his office.
  • 1988: A woman alleged that Simmons followed her into the bathroom, pushed her into a stall, and took out his penis before fleeing.
  • 1988: A music journalist alleged that Simmons  raped her at his apartment.
  • 1990: An author accused Simmons of raping her after a date.
  • 1990-1991: A performer alleged that Simmons raped her at his apartment.
  • 1991: A 17-year-old model alleged that Simmons coerced her into oral sex while film director Brett Ratner watched, and later penetrated her without her permission.
  • 1991: A screenwriter alleged that Simmons coerced her into sex.
  • 1991: A fashion publicist alleged that Simmons attempted to rape her at his apartment.
  • 1994: A then-friend accused Simmons of raping her when she was passed out drunk.
  • 1995: A music executive alleged that Simmons sexually harassed her and raped her.
  • 1996: An actress alleged that Simmons attempted to force her to give him oral sex.
  • 2005: A massage therapist alleged that Simmons exposed himself to her.
  • 2014: A woman alleged that Simmons sexually assaulted her at a hotel.
  • 2016: An aspiring filmmaker accused Simmons of raping her at his home.

 

Film/TV Appearances
as cast member
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?
2018
Survivor's Guide to Prison
Himself
2018
Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth
Himself
2017
G-Funk
2017
On Meditation
Himself
2016
Vegan: Everyday Stories
Himself
2016
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
2016
Unity
Himself - Narrator (voice)
2015
Awake: The Life of Yogananda
Himself
2014
Acting Disruptive (TV Series - 1 Episode)
Himself
2013
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey
Himself
2012
The Tents
himself
2012
Running Russell Simmons (TV Series - 6 Episodes)
2010
The Nate Berkus Show (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2010
Rappin' With The Rickster
2010
Jim Jones - This Is Jim Jones
Himself
2009
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez
2009
Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (TV Series - 29 Episodes)
2008
2 Turntables and a Microphone
Himself
2008
The Black List: Volume One
Himself
2008
In Prison My Whole Life
Himself
2008
Def Comedy Jam Classics: Volume Two
Himself
2006
Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2006
The Henry Rollins Show (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2006
It's the Shoes (TV Series - 1 Episode)
Himself
2005
Street Fury: Envy
2005
Hip Hop Honors (TV Series - 7 Episodes)
2004
America Beyond the Color Line (TV Series - 1 Episode)
Himself
2004
The L Word (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2004
The Celebrity Apprentice (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2004
Beef
Himself
2003
Real Time with Bill Maher (TV Series - 2 Episodes)
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series - 1 Episode)
2003
Brown Sugar
Himself
2002
The Hamptons (TV Series - 2 Episodes)
2002
It's Black Entertainment
Himself
2002
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam All Stars (TV Series - 12 Episodes)
Himself
2001
Moesha (TV Series - 2 Episodes)
1996
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series - 1 Episode)
1993
Tougher Than Leather
himself
1988
Filmography
as crew member
All Def Comedy
Executive Producer
2016
ADD Presents: Robert Powell
Executive Producer
2016
ADD Presents: Tyree Elaine
Executive Producer
2016
Lemon
Executive Producer
2011
Running Russell Simmons (TV Series - 6 Episodes)
Producer
2010
Waist Deep
Executive Producer
2006
Run's House (TV Series - 60 Episodes)
Producer
2005
The History Makers: Success
Director
2005
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop
Executive Producer
2004
Def Comedy Jam, Vol. 6
Writer
2001
Def Comedy Jam, Vol. 7
Writer
2000
Gridlock'd
Executive Producer
1997
The Addiction
Executive Producer
1995
Def Comedy Jam (TV Series - 22 Episodes)
Producer
1992