The NYPD has launched an investigation into Russell Simmons after nine women came forward alleging rape and sexual misconduct.
“The NYPD has received information regarding allegations involving Russell Simmons in the NYC area and our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information,” Sgt. Brendan Ryan said in an emailed statement Thursday.
The investigation was launched one day after the women – four of which claimed they were raped by Simmons – came forward in separate are articles published by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
Simmons, who said in November he was stepping down from his production and fashion businesses after he was accused of sexually assaulting a screenwriter in 1991, has denied the claims.
“These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Simmons said in the statement.