"All these guys [who have been accused of rape, including Simmons and Harvey Weinstein] have been doing is, like, go, like, 'Hey, I'm really, really sorry and I'm going to step away from my business, '" said Cutrone, "But you know what, a lot of these women have to go to work everyday because they have to pay bills and they haven't made $100 million". The music mogul is being accused of repulsive acts of sexual harassment and sexual assault by several ladies, and is now under investigation by the NYPD for the claims.
In his statement responding to the accusations, Simmons said he had already apologized for "instances of thoughtlessness" in his consensual relationships.
In a statement to People Magazine, Simmons denies all accusations, saying all acts of sexual conduct were consensual, stating the "horrific accusations have shocked me to my core".
Simmons wrote on Instagram earlier in the day that he would "begin to properly defend" himself.
Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and again on Thursday, writing on Instagram that "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges".
We can't wait to see how this pans out.
Simmons has vehemently denied all the allegations and vowed to fight back against the claims on Thursday. Los Angeles Times reports that the NYPD's special victims unit has launched an investigation into the cases that took place in the city.
Cutrone told ABC News in a statement, "I came forward as a result of Russell Simmons' #NotMe, as I felt it was a license to continue to perpetuate violence against women". Toni Sallie, a music journalist, said that Simmons raped her in 1988.
The allegations in the Times' Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.
Simmons also founded the fashion lines Phat Farm and Tantris, and co-produced films and TV shows including "The Nutty Professor" and "Def Comedy Jam".
The entrepreneur recently stepped down from his companies after screenwriter Jenny Lumet wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she accused Simmons of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991.