Russell Simmons is continuing to proclaim his innocence amidst sexual misconduct allegations against him. TMZ caught the entrepreneur leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood, where he disputed the claims.
“I don’t have a stitch of violence in me,” Simmons said. “I would never hurt anybody…I have never had any violence in me, but this is a difficult time for everyone.” He later hopped in his Range Rover and drove away, but not before planting some kisses on his date.
12 women have come forward to accuse Simmons of wrongdoing, such as screenwriter Jenny Lumet and Insecure actress Amanda Seales. Rumors began swirling about Simmons’ history with sexual misconduct in November, however, he has remained steadfast about his consensual encounters with some of the accusers.