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Russell Simmons steps down from companies amid sex assault claims

Russell Simmons is stepping down from his companies in the wake of an accusation of harassment and sexual assault.
 
Simmons, the founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications, released a statement on Thursday after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991. 
 
Simmons said her memory of that evening is very different from his, but he apologised for being thoughtless and insensitive in some relationships over the years.


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