Thursday, February 22, 2024

Russell Simmons Remains in Bali Nearly a Year After Lawsuits, MeToo Sexual Misconduct Accusations: Is He Ever Coming Back?

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Russell Simmons is teaching a yoga class this week…in Bali. You may ask, Where the heck is Bali? Just to remind you, it’s on other side of the world, an island off of Indonesia. You may ask, what about Simmons’ enormous legal problems stemming from MeToo accusations of rape, and lawsuits? The answer is, Bali and the US have no extradition. Simmons, the creator of Def Jam Records, and very wealthy, will probably not be returning to the US any time soon. The last time he was photographed was last June in L.A.

This week, Simmons was very excited that, Aoki his 16 year old daughter with Kimora Lee Simmons got into Harvard on her own. He issued a Tweet and social media notice with Kimora. It made it seem like Simmons was in the US. But he is not. And hasn’t been in a long time. It’s unclear when he saw his kids last, if they’ve had to travel to Bali. Luckily there’s always FaceTime. Bali is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles, so coordination isn’t impossible, it’s just not easy.

Simmons has sold most of his US holdings. His RUSH Philanthropic has ground to a halt and disappeared. They still haven’t filed a tax return for 2017, their last year of business. His Art for Life, which was so cool for music students, is gone, it’s dead.

Will he come back? Five women have accused him of rape. Seven have accused him of sexual misconduct. One, Jennifer Jarosik, a filmmaker who alleged Simmons raped her, dropped her lawsuit. The suit was dismissed with prejudice. This means Simmons paid her a hefty sum to keep quiet and go away. It’s hard to imagine Russell Simmons as a fugitive. But it seems like he’s made that choice.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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