Wednesday evening (Dec. 13), the New York Times issued an in-depth report, during which four women shared their personal accounts regarding incidents involving the music mogul.
At the time of this report, at least 11 different accusations of sexual misconduct have been made against Simmons, all of which he has since denied.
As reported, the NYPD is in the early stages of its investigation, with the special victims unit focusing on the seven alleged incidents that took place in New York City.
Sherri Hines, one of the women who has come forward on the record accusing Simmons of rape, confirmed that the investigation had begun, sharing with reporters that the NYPD contacted her earlier in the day Thursday (Dec. 14).
Simmons has since responded, both with a formal statement and with a post on Instagram, expressing his innocence and declaring that he will be fighting to clear his name.
"Today, I begin to properly defend myself," Simmons posted on Instagram. "I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges."
More on this story as it develops. See Russell Simmons' latest post commenting on the situation 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.