Russell Simmons is under fire after several women accused him sexual misconduct last fall. While many his former colleagues have stayed mum on his situation, one person has come out to defend him.
On Saturday (Feb. 24), former Def Jam artist Foxy Brown went on Twitter to voice her support for the embattled rap mogul. In her “open letter,” the veteran rapper called Simmons a “respected gentleman” and encouraged her followers to send him love. She wrote:
Attesting to the character the man who, as a teenager saved my life. Salaciousness and scandal garners headlines. Cowards, cower. But as inarguably, Russell’s biggest Def Jam female protege, (who birthed an era overtly evocative stars), the man I’ve known and loved, was nothing more than the respectful, respected, gentleman and GODFATHER OF HIP-HOP we’ve all adored. In staunch support, Praying for you Russ! Let’s send our LOVE. Fox @unclerush"
The #MeToo movement might frown at Brown's letter.
Last year, over a dozen women, including fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and Insecure actress Amanda Seales and, have come forward about Simmons' alleged sexual misconduct.
One woman, Jennifer Jarosik, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Simmons. She claims the Def Jam co-founder sexually assaulted her after inviting her to his home in 2016. Simmons has since denied the allegations put forth in the lawsuit.
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Meanwhile, the NYPD is currently investigating a number rape allegations brought against the rap mogul.
Simmons recently announced that he’s “temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance”. The 60-year-old says he's in Bali "writing, meditating at holy sites and practicing asanas.
"I'm] focusing and praying to realize one goal, BEING A MORE USEFUL SERVANT OF GOD," he wrote on his IG page. "I want to fully devote myself to my daughters, the underserved communities I've always worked with and the growth a new conscious community."
"We need a revolution consciousness. Now is the time for new beginnings. One awakened being at time," he concluded.
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