HBO distanced itself from Russell Simmons and scrubbed his name from a stand-up comedy series “All Def Comedy” following a second sexual misconduct allegation.
According to Bloomberg, the latest allegations facing Simmons comes from Lumet, who co-wrote “The Mummy” in 2017 and “Rachel Getting Married” in 2008, wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which she recalled Simmons sexually violating her in 1991, when she was 24.
“I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could,” recalled Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet.
Simmons said in a statement released after the essay’s publication that Lumet’s memory of the night is “very different” from his, but it’s clear to him “that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.” He apologized for being “thoughtless and insensitive” in some of his relationships. He said he would resign from his businesses because, “I don’t want to be a distraction.”