Russell Simmons Interview Pulled From TIDAL After Sexual Assault Accuser Calls Out Jay Z & Diddy

Russell Simmons Interview Pulled From TIDAL After Sexual Assault Accuser Calls Out Jay Z & Diddy

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This week, Russell Simmons appeared on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s podcast, Drink Champs to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, along with other guests Bun B, Talib Kweli, Mysonne and Marc Lamont Hill.

Following the airing on the episode, one of Simmons many sexual assault accusers, journalist Sil Lai Abrams, took to Twitter calling out Revolt, TIDAL, Diddy and Jay Z for giving Simmons a platform and a pass, despite the fact that he has multiple sexual assault allegations against him.

Abrams continued her series of tweets, adding “There is *absolutely* an underground movement by powerful Black men in music to help Russell avoid accountability and whitewash his legacy.”

Since Abrams tweets, the podcast has been removed from TIDAL.

Abrams is one of the women who appeared in the recent HBO Max documentary, On the Record, surrounding the sexual assault allegations of Russell Simmons. The film sets to shed light on the silencing, dismissal and ignoring of black women who have been sexually assaulted, even with the creator of the #MeToo movement being a black woman.

In 2018, Abrams told her story in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying she was raped by Simmons in 1994, adding that Simmons apologized in 1998. Russell denies any wrongdoings, and denied the apology conversation ever happened.

Following the release of the episode, Marc Lamont Hill tweeted his stance with the women who have come out against Simmons, adding that he “never would have appeared had he known Russell was scheduled.”

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: Pitchfork

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