The Hills' Kelly Cutrone steps forward with sexual assault claim
Kelly Cutrone is the latest woman to step forward and speak out about allegations of sexual miscouduct.
The reality TV star told Page Six that music mogul, Russell Simmons attempted to rape her when she was 26-years-old.
She said: “He pushed me into his apartment and then he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to grab… take my clothes off of me.”
She continued to describe the encounter by saying: I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f**k off of me. And that I would have him killed if he ever f**king laid a hand on me.”
Kelly, who was known in The Hills as PR Manager of People's Revolution went on to share a picture of herself alongside Russell Simmons with the caption "#MeToo #YesYou".
In a statement to People Magazine, Simmons denies all accusations, saying all acts of sexual conduct were consensual, stating the “horrific accusations have shocked me to my core.”
He opens his statement as follows: “I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women; and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described. In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject."
He also published a post with the words "#NOTME", stating that he will deal with all three allegations of sexual assault that have come his way, dealing firstly with Keri Claussen, a women who claim he believes "created this insane pile on of my #MeToo."
Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.