Sherri Hines, of the women accusing Russell Simmons of rape, speaks out about how the incident happened.
Hines made an appearance on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” and gave details about Simmons violated her when she was just a teenager.
“I was trying to maneuver and get out of it,” Hines said. “He just held me down … Next thing I know, my pants was down and he was having his way.”
Hines said she was 17 or 18, part of an all-female hip-hop group, when Simmons, now 60, asked her to visit his office around 1983. She said she hoped to talk business, but was “pinned down” on his couch and raped.
Hines said she told Simmons “no,” but he didn’t stop. After Simmons “finished,” Hines said she ran from his office crying, and immediately told her friend what had happened. The friend encouraged Hines to tell her mother, but Hines refused, saying she worried she would be blamed.
“I felt embarrassed, I felt used, worthless,” she said. “The way I felt at the time was … I can’t believe this man just violated me like I was nothing.”
Amidst police investigations, the mogul has denied ever raping anybody.
“I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges,” Simmons wrote in an Instagram post last week, using the hashtag #NotMe. “My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable.”
In one month since the first accusation by Jenny Lumet, 11 more women have accused him of sexual assault, with 5 of them alleging rape.
Another Simmons accuser, Natashia Williams-Black, joined Hines on Kelly’s show. Williams-Black said she was 18 when Simmons tried to force her perform oral sex on him after a yoga class in Los Angeles.
“If I could see that 18-year-old girl today, of course, I would assure her that it’s not her fault,” Williams-Black said.