Oprah Winfrey’s recent Golden Globes speech confirmed her commitment to the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. The Cecil B. DeMille Award winner is now showing her allegiance by distancing herself from one man accused of sexual misconduct on several levels, Russell Simmons.
The Def Jam founder faces multiple serious accusations, including rape, all of which the hip hop mogul denies. Even still, the number of accusers, 12 according to TheJasmineBrand, has lead Winfrey to remove his chapters from her new spiritual self-help book, The Wisdom of Sundays.
“All future printings of The Wisdom of Sundays have had Simmons’ passages removed,” a spokesperson told CNN. “This change will also be reflected in the e-book.”
Other contributors to the book include Shonda Rhimes, Norman Lear and Tracy Morgan, all of whom were featured on Winfrey’s OWN series, Super Soul Sunday.
Simmons is currently being sued by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, who alleges the former record exec raped her in 2016.
Ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons recently addressed the slew of sexual assault allegations being thrown at her ex-husband, sharing her thoughts via Instagram.
“I add my voice to the chorus of those speaking out against harassment and violence in all its forms,” the 42-year-old mother wrote Thursday.
“I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced, and have remained friends, co-parents and partners throughout it all. These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supportive father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.