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Through his lawyer, Simmons acknowledged that he engaged in "inappropriate conduct" with Dixon while she worked at Def Jam, but "emphatically states that he did not have sex with her."Toni Sallie, a music journalist for the magazine Black Radio Exclusive, also alleges Simmons raped her.According to the Times, Simmons invited Sallie to a party that he claimed to be hosting for his girlfriend at his apartment.Simmons says in the docs, obtained by TMZ, the suit is an attempt "to extort large sums of money from Mr.Simmons and for her lawyer to try to make a name for himself."While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real," he wrote, before announcing his decision to step down from his companies."The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward," he continued.
"At no time that night did I say: ' Russell, I will go home with you,'" Lumet writes.
We have no other projects with Russell Simmons."****Russell Simmons announced on Thursday that he is stepping down from leadership roles in business after writer Jenny Lumet accused him of sexual assault in 1991 in a column for The Hollywood Reporter.
Lumet – the screenwriter behind Rachel Getting Married and The Mummy – alleges in a detailed account that Simmons offered her a chauffeured ride home in 1991.
Russell calls the lawsuit "a work of pure fiction." But he says there's a more fundamental reason why the case should be tossed.
He notes the woman claimed the alleged rape occurred in 1988 ...