Russell Simmons is responding to sexual battery claims made against him and producer Brett Ratner. The alleged incident happened back in 2011, but prosecutors didn’t press charges because of insufficient evidence. Russell Simmons has since released a statement saying:
This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.