Kimora Lee Simmons is defending her ex-husband Russell Simmons after he has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct and rape. Simmons is one of the many men in the entertainment industry as of late who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked Hollywood back in October. Simmons has denied the allegations, and now his ex-wife is (sort of) coming to his defense in an Instagram post.
In a post captioned, “Now that I put my baby down…” the mother of four explained that the allegations are not representative of the Russell Simmons that she knows: “I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced and have remained friends, co-parents and parents 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.” Kimora and Russell share two children together, but have been divorced since 2009.
She continues, “This is a pivotal moment in which men are being held accountable for their abuses of power and denigrating behavior towards them women in all spheres. As a mother of two daughters, I believe that no one should ever be shamed or portrayed as an unreliable witness to their own experience for speaking up. Nor should anyone be condemned legally without due process and a fair trail.”
While she supports the women coming forward, she also expresses that she wishes that allegations were coming through organizations or law enforcement rather than through the media. “My sincere hope is that anyone faced with harassment or assault reports it to their organization and/or law enforcement, though I understand that, in many cases, this may not be possible. I remain committed as always to fighting injustice and inequity in all its forms. God Bless.”
It looks like Kimora Lee wants everyone to know that she believes victims of sexual assault and misconduct, but that she does not believe her ex-husband is capable of what he has been accused. So far, at least 14 woman, including Kelly Cutrone have accused Simmons of some form of sexual misconduct.