Russell Simmons Releases Statement Supporting #MeToo Movement
Russell Simmons has declared his support for the #MeToo movement after the rape law suit against the American entrepreneur, producer, and author was dismissed.
The producer who posted on his Instagram recently stated that he hasn’t felt “too angry” about the allegations against because he has been “listening intently to the dialogue around the #metoo movement” which he said inspired him to look beyond his “personal scenario.”
Russell Simmons was previously charged with a $5 million rape lawsuit and the suit got dropped last week.
Jennifer Jarosik, a 37 year-old filmmaker, who accused him, decided to drop the charges against the hip-hop mogul. The allegations was thrown out in a “joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice,” meaning the filmmaker he can’t refile the case.
And now, Simmons is talking about his support for the #MeToo movement, adding, “In the end I’ll be fine. I’ve accepted responsibility for the life that I have lived and been very forcefully and vehemently denying accusations for things that I have not done.”
Read the full statement below:
The reason I haven’t been too angry about my personal situation is because listening intently to the dialogue around the #metoo movement has inspired me to look beyond my personal scenario. In the end I’ll be fine. I’ve accepted responsibility for the life that I have lived and been very forcefully and vehemently denying accusations for things that I have not done. A little blood on my shoulders so that my daughters see a better world is worth it. This revolution is bloody, true. There is collateral damage, also true. But today my meditation reminded me yet again that black women have bared the biggest burden for sure. And for sure ALL women of ALL RACES and RELIGONS (in part because of and supported by all great religions and institutions) have lived unequal throughout the ages, in unjust and Incredibly unfair circumstances. I want to be a forward thinker and supporter of the necessary change. Here is what I believe to be a fact if we continue to let the masculine energy govern our world without guidance from the feminine forces then men will destroy the planet, or atleast make in uninhabitable for humans. So for so many reasons the goal should be to be inclusive, fair and promote equality on all levels. We have a long way to go I’m along for the ride.