Nearly two weeks ago allegations surfaced that the cofounder of Def Jam Recordings, Russell Simmons, had forced Keri Claussen Khalighi, who was at the time 17 years of age into performing oral sex in 1991. Khalighi also reveal disturbing details about how after the sexual assault occurred Simmons would forcefully penetrate her while in the shower.
Now things appear to be hitting the fan for 60-year-old Simmons. HBO announced that they would be removing Simmons from his own stand up series set to premiere Friday. A spokesperson from HBO stated, “HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned. However, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward. The series is a platform for promising and upcoming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.”
J.C. Penney, who’s also another former partner of Simmons’, also came out to say they would be pulling Simmons’ menswear line from their stores. A line of new clothing by Simmons’ was released to J.C. Penny in September 2016. The collection included sweaters, polos, & blazers which was supposed to attract more young men into shopping in the store. A spokeswoman for J.C. Penny issued a comment saying, “The company decided to discontinue selling Argyleculture in light of the recent allegations.” Simmons’ products are still available on Ebay & Amazon.