Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 4-10:
Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 91. Actor Felicia Farr (“The Player,” “Kotch”) is 88. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 79. Author Anne Rice is...
There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed...
The documentary “ On the Record ” spends quite a bit of time introducing former music executive Drew Dixon before Russell Simmons and rape are mentioned. She talks about her youth, her politician...
NEW YORK (AP) — A tribute to Andre Harrell, the influential music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The documentary about several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse has found a distributor after Oprah Winfrey’s exit from the film left it in the lurch....
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Without Oprah or Apple, the Russell Simmons documentary “On the Record” went ahead with its premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where the women who came forward...
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner office officials say former model and actress Kim Porter died last year from pneumonia.
The Los Angeles coroner's office on Friday released the results of its investigation into Porter's Nov. 15 death. Investigators determined after an autopsy that her death was from natural causes.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Fireworks marked the end of the graveside service at the funeral of Kim Porter, the longtime former girlfriend of music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs.
The funeral was held Saturday in Porter's hometown of Columbus, Georgia, at a megachurch that can seat 2,500.
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say the ex-boyfriend and father of the son of "Growing Up Hip Hop" star Angela Simmons has been killed in Atlanta.
Police said in a statement that a man was shot several times Saturday afternoon after an argument at a southwest Atlanta house.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her at his home in 2016 is being dropped, according to a federal court filing Wednesday.
The two sides have agreed that the suit, filed in January, should be dismissed, with each side bearing its own attorneys' fees. It gave no other details on whether a settlement was reached.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kimora Lee Simmons has broken her public silence on the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against her former husband, Russell Simmons, offering a ringing defense of his character.
Kimora Lee Simmons took to Instagram to say that she's known Russell Simmons for over 25 years and "These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time."
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Russell Simmons raped her at his Los Angeles home in 2016, joining five other women who have publicly leveled rape allegations against the music mogul.
Simmons, a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, denied the newest allegations as he did the previous ones.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons said on Instagram that he plans to defend himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women saying he raped them.
The allegations in the Times' Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and again on Thursday.
"Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges," Simmons wrote Thursday on Instagram.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons (all times local):
The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into allegations made by three women who say that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.
Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said Thursday that detectives are in the process of reviewing the accusations and are reaching out to the alleged victims.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere.
Simmons vehemently denied what he called "these horrific accusations," saying in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that "all of my relations have been consensual."
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story that Nov. 30, and previously moved on Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, about powerful men who have been accused of sexual misconduct, The Associated Press reported erroneously that celebrity chef John Besh had been accused by 25 women of sexual harassment. The women have accused male superiors at Besh's restaurants of systematic harassment, and one woman has accused the celebrity chef of pressuring her into a sexual relationship. Besh has said he believes that relationship was consensual.
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO distanced itself from Russell Simmons and scrubbed his name from a stand-up comedy series he helped produce on the eve of its debut following a second sexual misconduct allegation.
HBO said Thursday it will go ahead with Friday's airing of "All Def Comedy" but will edit out any link to Simmons in the wake of allegations by screenwriter Jenny Lumet who claims that he had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):
Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons has penned an essay in response to an allegation from a model that he sexually assaulted her in 1991, reiterating that the relationship was consensual and not violent.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old.
In a report Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, Khalighi says that Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his New York apartment. She said the film producer and director Brett Ratner, who has also been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, was present.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Simmons says not much has changed for black comics since he created "Def Comedy Jam," the early-'90s HBO series that introduced Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer and many other comics to national TV audiences. It was a weekly showcase for edgy and outrageous comedians at a time when "The Cosby Show" and its (then) righteously wholesome star Bill Cosby was the mainstream face of black comedy.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was no YouTube when "Def Comedy Jam" premiered on HBO in 1992. The only way for standup comedians to find an audience beyond the club circuit back then was to score a spot on TV, and "Def Comedy Jam" provided that opportunity for black comics, including Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, D.L. Hughley, Sheryl Underwood and Cedric the Entertainer.
ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper T.I. will take part in a discussion regarding criminal justice reform and equal access to opportunities in technology.
T.I. will join television commentator Van Jones for the We Rise Tour in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday evening. This is the fourth stop of the 14-city tour that will end in Las Vegas on Aug. 20.
NEW YORK (AP) — Debra Messing will be honored May 6 at the GLAAD Media Awards as a champion against discrimination.
The media LGBTQ advocacy organization announced Monday it will give the "Will & Grace" actress the Excellence in Media award at its 28th annual ceremony, to be hosted by Ross Mathews. Previous winners include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Glenn Close and Diane Sawyer.
NEW YORK (AP) — RushCard, the debit card company founded by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, is being fined and forced to pay millions in restitution to customers that were affected by a 2015 outage that cut users off from their money.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it has ordered RushCard and its payment processor, MasterCard, to pay $10 million in restitution to customers as well as a $3 million fine.
NEW YORK (AP) — RushCard, the prepaid debit card company founded by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, is being bought by rival Green Dot for $147 million.
Green Dot said Monday it will buy UniRush, the parent company of RushCard as well as the Rapid! payroll debit card. Simmons started RushCard in 2003 as one of the first prepaid cards to focus on minority customers and charge lower-than-average fees.