Russell Simmons Deletes Twitter Account Amid Rape Allegations

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After a wave of women came forward accusing Def Jam founder Russell Simmons of rape and sexual misconduct -- which he "vehemently" denied in a recent statement released to the New York Times -- Simmons has deleted his Twitter account. 

Simmons' Instagram account, which follows the same handle as his Twitter, remains active, however, and on Thursday (Dec. 14), Simmons took to Instagram to release another statement announcing the launch of his own hashtag, #NotMe. 

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges," he wrote. Simmons said his first order of business is addressing the claims made by model Keri Classen, who accused the music mogul of sexually assaulting her back in 1991.

"Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share evidence today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet," he continued. "My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold the accusers accountable. #NotMe.

View the post below. 

Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.

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