Russell Simmons is reportedly putting an end, for now, to his #NotMe campaign, and we can’t help but think it has something to do with Oprah’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes.
According to Page Six , Simmons’ attempts to clear his name over the sexual misconduct allegations have gone mysteriously quiet. When the site inquired, representatives for Simmons had decided “that this is a time for women to speak.”
Sound familiar? Oprah pretty much said those exact words in her wig snatching and inspiring speech calling an end to sexual harrassment in the workplace and men using their power to silence women.
‘What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said. “I am especially proud of all of the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories we tell and this year, we became the story.”
Simmons attempts to repurpose the #MeToo campaign with his #NotMe response, begun after he was accused of sexually assaulting several women.
In November and December, the music mogul was accused of several forms of sexual misconduct, including rape, by 13 women.
Simmons almost immediately stepped down from his businesses, saying that he was going to focus on proving his innocence. On Dec. 14, he posted an image that just showed the hashtagged word #NotMe. In his captions, he noted that he would “begin to properly defend” himself.
“My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” he wrote.
Simmons also took a lie detector test regarding the accusations brought forward by model Keri Claussen Khalighi and his attorneys said he “passed with flying colors.” His attorneys also said that Simmons planned to go forth with more tests, but then Simmons went silent.
“Mr. Simmons’ previous statements stand, and he has nothing to add to [them] at this time,” his representatives told Page Six, after noting that it was “a time for women to speak.”
Honestly we couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Auntie Oprah!