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50 Cent Mocks Terry Crews' Groping Claim

'Size doesn't matter when it comes to sexual assault,' Crews responds

(Newser) - Terry Crews testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to advocate for the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, repeating claims he was sexually assaulted at a 2016 party. The outing drew praise from many corners— Esquire 's Justin Kirkland described an "impassioned and honest... More »

$5M Suit: Simmons Knocked Me Down, Then 'Pounced'

Filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik says music mogul raped her at his LA home in 2016

(Newser) - At least a dozen women have already lobbed sexual harassment and rape allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons, and now another has come forward with her own sexual assault story—and she's suing. NBC News reports documentary filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik is seeking $5 million in damages from an assault... More »

NYPD Opens Inquiry Into Russell Simmons

Another woman comes forward to accuse him of an attempted sexual assault

(Newser) - Russell Simmons is now the subject of an NYPD investigation, with 12 women accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct including rape . The investigation was launched based on accounts published by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times this week, reports CNN . "We were made aware of the... More »

4 Women Say Russell Simmons Raped Them

And 5 others level new accusations of sexual harassment, assault against Def Jam co-founder

(Newser) - Russell Simmons is facing new accusations of sexual misconduct—including rape—from nine women just weeks after he stepped away from his businesses following other accusations of sexual assault. The accusations, laid out in major exposés in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times , span a time period... More »

Russell Simmons Steps Down After Second 1991 Accusation

Jenny Lumet details alleged sexual assault in a Hollywood Reporter column

(Newser) - Jenny Lumet's Thursday guest column for the Hollywood Reporter starts with a timeline—one that ends with Def Jam Recordings' Russell Simmons stepping down from his companies. Simmons was on Nov. 19 accused of committing sexual assault in 1991 by model Keri Claussen Khalighi; he denied it days later... More »

Russell Simmons, Brett Ratner Face Sexual Assault Allegations

A woman says the music mogul raped her in 1991 when she was 17

(Newser) - A woman has accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991, and she says movie producer Brett Ratner watched the incident happen and didn't try to stop it. In a bombshell Los Angeles Times report, Keri Claussen Khalighi says she met Simmons and Ratner at a... More »

This May Be the Strangest Sony Leak So Far

It's a reply-all email chain featuring Natalie Portman getting annoyed

(Newser) - The latest bizarre email chain to be released thanks to the Sony hack involves Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Seacrest, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, a whole bunch of other semi-famous people, and the Gaza Strip. Writing at Gawker , Sam Biddle calls it a "reply-all chain from hell" centered... More »

5 Celebs Who Pay Tons of Child Support

Linda Evangelista wanted $46K a month, but some have paid more

(Newser) - We don't know how much child support Linda Evangelista is getting now that she's settled with babydaddy Francois-Henri Pinault , but we know that she wanted $46,000 a month. That sounds like a lot, but the AP finds five more celebrities who found themselves paying quite a bit—... More »

Russell Simmons Leads Charge Against Lowe's on Muslim Show

He criticizes chain for bailing on TLC program

(Newser) - Lowe's is facing some heavy backlash over its decision to yank ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim. Hip-hop's Russell Simmons has been the most vocal, even offering to buy up any remaining ad space before Sunday's episode. As it turns out, that might not be... More »

Tiger Promises Haiti Donation

Embattled golfer's foundation won't confirm $3M, but plans relief

(Newser) - It might not be the $3 million Russell Simmons said it would be, but Tiger Woods indeed plans a donation for post-quake relief in Haiti. A rep for the embattled golfer’s foundation wouldn’t confirm the figure Simmons let slip yesterday on Twitter , but tells E! , “Our plan... More »

Simmons Bangs Drum for Black Entrepreneurs

Russell Simmons thrives during market mayhem

(Newser) - For the "Godfather of Hip-Hop," success on the streets is like winning in business: It's "all about believing in your vision," Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons tells the Economist. Now the music-mogul-turned-financier is trying to inspire go-getters with a new bestseller, Do You!—which... More »

Kimora and Djimon Share Mushy Details

Amid pregnancy rumors, 'couple of the moment' talks romance

(Newser) - Their timing couldn't be better. Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou earned Harper’s Bazaar's couple-of-the-moment title just as rumors began flying that Simmons is pregnant. “He’s a reality check for me, and I’m a fabulosity check for him,” says Simmons of her beau. The flamboyant... More »

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