Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, has been accused of verbal abuse by his daughter Aoki Lee Simmons and ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons.
Aoki posted screenshots of text messages on her Instagram Stories on Monday, in which Simmons allegedly called Kimora a “piece of [s]hit” and accused her of stealing money from him. Aoki also claimed that Simmons calls her just to rant and curse about his legal problems.
Kimora confirmed the authenticity of the text messages in a statement to Rolling Stone. She said that Simmons has been “erratic and increasingly abusive” towards her and their daughter for years.
Simmons has not responded to the allegations. He has previously denied allegations of sexual harassment and assault made by multiple women.
The accusations against Simmons come at a time when the music industry is facing a reckoning over sexual misconduct. In recent years, several high-profile figures in the industry, including R. Kelly, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Cosby, have been accused of sexual abuse.
The allegations against Simmons have also sparked a debate about the role of family members in cases of sexual misconduct. Some people have argued that Aoki and Kimora should have done more to protect themselves from Simmons’ alleged abuse. Others have defended the women, saying that they were victims of Simmons’ power and influence.
The accusations against Simmons are still under investigation. It is unclear what the consequences will be for Simmons, but the allegations have already damaged his reputation.
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