Russell Simmons Maintains His Innocence Against Rape Allegations

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Russell Simmons is back from his spiritual retreat in Bali and was recently spotted in Los Angeles. The Def Jam Records founder also didn’t shy away from questions regarding several sexual assault cases filed against him.

TMZ spoke with the rap mogul on Saturday (March 17) as he was leaving a restuarant. The camerman asked him if he thinks he would be vindicated from all the rape allegations.

"I don't have a stitch violence in me. I would never hurt anybody," he responded. "I never had any violence in me. But you know, it's a difficult time for everybody."

Then in a real strange moment, Simmons jumps into his vehicle with his date sitting in the passenger seat and kisses multiple times for the paparazzi to see.

Uh, okay.

Just to bring you up to speed, Simmons has been accused sexual misconduct by 12 women, including screenwriter Jenny Lumet, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and Insecure actress Amanda Seales. He is also facing a $5 million lawsuit from Jennifer Jarosik, who claims Simmons sexually assaulted her after inviting her to his home in 2016. Plus, he is currently being investigated by the NYPD for two claims.

Simmons just returned from Bali where he was "writing" and "meditating." He told TMZ that it's good idea for other artists to get away and "step out their bubble" and "see some new shit."

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