Kimora Lee Simmons is finally breaking her silence on the sexual misconduct allegations made against her former husband, Russell Simmons.
The model-turned-fashion designer took to Instagram on Thursday to defend the Def Jam Records co-founder.
“I add my voice to the chorus of those speaking out against harassment and violence in all its forms,” she said. “I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced and have remained friends, co-parents and parents throughout it all. These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supportive father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities.”
“This is a pivotal moment in which men are being held accountable for their abuses of power and denigrating behaviour towards them women in all spheres,” she continued. “As a mother of two daughters, I believe that no one should ever be shamed or portrayed as an unreliable witness to their own experience for speaking up. Nor should anyone be condemned legally without due process and a fair trial.”
“My sincere hope is that anyone faced with harassment or assault reports it to their organization and/or law enforcement, though I understand that, in many cases, this may not be possible. I remain committed as always to fighting injustice and inequity in all its forms. God Bless,” she concluded.
So far, 14 women have accused Simmons of some form of sexual misconduct. He’s denied all of the allegations, even launching a controversial #NotMe campaign in retaliation to the claims made against him.
Kimora married Simmons in 1998, however the pair officially divorced in 2009. The pair share two daughters together.