Russell Simmons was highly regarded in the hip-hop community before he was accused of being a rapist by Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, and Alexia Norton Jones. Russell Simmons has never even been charged for these alleged crimes but recently faced backlash for appearing in a Black Lives Matter Discussion. Even though the allegations against Simmons have been said to have had inconsistencies which is allegedly why Oprah walked away from the HBO Max docuseries “On the Record,” in which the three women accuse Simmons of sexual assaulting them.
Even with the allegations lacking evidence and no criminal charges the women have been given a documentary on HBO, Sil Lai Abrams recently appeared on The Breakfast Club where she acknowledged that she had previously dated Russell Simmons and made a plea for “perpetrators to be held accountable”. However, what about women who make false accusations, as Russell Simmons alleges that he has previously taken lie detector tests that prove his innocence?
While only Simmons and his accusers know what occurred between them. With the numbers of men that have been accused twenty years later, for the accused it seems like a situation that is impossible for men to defend. While the alleged victims have the potential to gain media exposure, publishing deals, and financial compensation through civil suits. Should victims be believed even when no criminal charges have been filed or their stories lack credibility?