Russell Simmons is under investigation from the NYPD for multiple rape allegations.
NYPD’s special victims unit is reportedly looking into at least 7 claims of sexual misconduct against the Def Jam co-founder.
The 60-year-old is accused of sexual assault by at least 12 women. Some of the cases date back to the early 1980s.
According to the L.A. Times, detectives are already reaching out to some of the alleged victims.
Mr Simmons stepped down from his businesses in November 2017 after Jenny Lumet claimed he raped her in the 1990s. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has also accused him of rape.
Mr Simmons denies the rapes and says all his sexual encounters were consensual. He added that he has “enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power”.
He said he was “devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described.”
As reported by celebrity media outlet TMZ, his lawyers say he took and passed a polygraph to address Khalighi’s allegation.
‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge Kelly Cutrone is also accusing Simmons of sexual misconduct.
She told the New York Post he tried to rape her after they left a party together in 1991. However, she was able to fight him off and flee.