Russell Simmons released a lengthy apology on Thursday morning to Jenny Lumet, the writer who just accused the media mogul of sexual misconduct.
According to Simmons, the night from 1991 in New York City went differently in his head, however, he is apologetic for the pain Jenny endured after he allegedly forced himself on her.
“While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely apologize,” he wrote in a statement.
Russell’s message did not sit well with Olivia Munn, who following Russell’s apology and resignation, tweeted: “Yo Russell, your statement was a little wonky, lemme help you out. According to the Douchebag Dictionary I believe your statement translates to— Our memories are different because I see women as disposable entertainment and Jenny thought she was a human being. Oops! @UncleRUSH.”
Simmons stepped down from his many companies following Lumet’s revelation published by The Hollywood Reporter. HBO also cut ties with the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, the network will, however, still run Simmons’ upcoming life show, Def Comedy Live.
“HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned,” a HBO spokesperson said. “However, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward. The series is a platform for promising and upcoming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.”
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