Russell Simmons Suspends #NotMe Campaign: “This Is A Time For Women To Speak”
Uncle Rush is back in the news – We told you that he was starting a #NotMe campaign to clear his name of all the sexual harassment and rape allegations he faced last year by over a dozen women. He vowed to address each claim by taking polygraph tests to prove his innocence. He started with sexual assault allegations from model Keri Claussen Khalighi. TMZ reported in December that he hooked himself up to a lie detector test, and his legal team confirmed that he passed with “flying colors.” Simmons, at that time, said he would submit to four more tests.
However, in an exclusive Page Six article, reps for the 60-year-old have confirmed that he will be suspending his campaign because “this is a time for women to speak.” When Simmons launched #NotMe, he said, “My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in any way, 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.”
The suspension came a day after the 2018 Golden Globes, where Oprah and other Hollywood movers-and-shakers proclaimed that “time’s up” on women not coming forward about “discrimination, harassment and abuse.” Although Simmons was gung-ho about going after each and every accuser, he seems to be sticking a sock in it for now. His spokesperson made that clear by also saying to Page Six: “Mr. Simmons’ previous statements stand, and he has nothing to add to (them) at this time.”