Police to investigate Russell Simmons amid rape allegations
Police in New York has opened an investigation into Russell Simmons based on media reports of multiple women coming forward to accuse the music mogul of sexual misconduct, including rape, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said.
According to CNN, the New York Police Department can open an investigation without a complaint made directly to them, which is the case with Simmons. A group of women told their stories to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Brad Rose, an attorney for Simmons, released a statement Thursday night saying that “Russell Simmons fully supports and will cooperate with the police inquiry and is confident of a swift resolution.”
Meanwhile in a photo obtained by TMZ, it shows Mr Simmons taking a polygraph test Wednesday in L.A. to prove his innocence.
Russell’s camp says it was administered by a national leader in the field of polygraphing. We’re told he was asked a series of questions about the allegations made by Keri Claussen Khalighi.
She claims Simmons forced her into performing oral sex on him — back in 1991 when she was 17 — while director Brett Ratner sat and watched.
According to Simmons’ attorneys, Michael Sterling and E. Carlos Tanner, Simmons passed with flying colors, and plans to repeat the test for allegations made by 4 other women.
They say Russell will release all the results once he’s completed the tests.
Russell and his legal team are inviting any of his accusers, including Khalighi, to also take a polygraph.