Power publicist Kelly Cutrone was just 26 years old when Russell Simmons lured her to his apartment and allegedly assaulted her. Here, she tells HollywoodLife.com how she desperately fought him off.
PR legend Kelly Cutrone tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Russell Simmons, now 60, allegedly attempted to rape her in 1991 when she was just 26-years-old. She explains that she ran into the up-and-coming music producer at a party in New York City. She knew Simmons casually and when he asked if she wanted to go to another party, she said “sure.” “I was a young girl. I was divorced and had just started my own PR firm with a partner. I was at this party but I hadn’t been drinking,” she recounts. “Nevertheless, when Russell asked if I would go up to his apartment on the way to the party, I said no. I just didn’t feel right about it.”
After she declined, Cutrone relates that Russell asked if she would stop by a friend’s apartment to pick something up. “Are you okay with that?” she says Russell asked her. Thinking that other people would be there, she said yes. Now, she believes that he took her up to his own apartment after all. “We got to the apartment door and he pushed me inside and to the floor. He was on top of me and tried to rip my clothes off,” she claims, “I wasn’t expecting it.”
“I kicked him off. I went ballistic; crazy. It was a wild storm — a lot of movement, hands flailing, bodies thrashing,” she alleges. “I was screaming — ‘If you f**king lay a hand on me, I will have you killed,” she tells HollywoodLife.com. “I was yelling, ‘I’ll call the press.'” The struggle went on for 3 to 5 minutes, she recalls. “Ultimately, he just stopped and I got up as fast as I could and ran out and got a cab.” Head here to see more photos of Russell through the years.
Afterwards, Kelly described the cab ride as a daze while attempting to make sense of the alleged traumatic attack. “I remember being in the back of a cab after an attempted rape. It wasn’t a drive of shame. It was confusing to me. I had already learned that if I went to a police station it would take a long time, I might not be believed and I was exhausted.”
Kelly, who founded the highly successful PR firm People’s Revolution and has appeared in MTV’s The Hills and America’s Next Top Model, says she’s coming forward now to tell her story because she says real change isn’t possible if people don’t call out the lies they plainly see. When Russell began using the hashtag #NotMe in an effort to distance himself from the 10 allegations of sexual assault he’s facing, Kelly says she felt compelled to speak up. “I thought it was dangerous,” she said in response to his denials on social media. “I thought we had to do #YesYou. What will happen if we let him go ahead and use that hashtag #NotMe? It will give him and other guys the license to keep being an alleged sexual predators.”
We have reached out Russell’s rep and have not received a comment. He has denied other allegations that were recently brought against him, claiming there was “full consent and participation.”
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