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Russell Simmons Plans To Step Away From His Businesses Following New Sexual Misconduct Report

Screenwriter Jenny Lumet published a guest column for 'The Hollywood Reporter' where she revisited a time when Simmons reportedly sexually violated her. 

On Nov. 30, famed screenwriter Jenny Lumet published an extensive guest column for The Hollywood Reporter where she revisited a time when Russell Simmons reportedly sexually violated her. Following the passage's publishing, the Rush Communications CEO announced that he plans to remove himself from the companies he founded.

In a statement shared shortly after Lumet's revelation, the 60-year-old apologized for his behavior while stating "her memory of that evening is very different from mine," but "it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real."

The All Def Digital co-founder then highlighted his reason for stepping away from his companies, adding that he didn't want to be viewed as a "distraction." A "new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward" will take command of his businesses.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times featured another woman's recollection of experiencing Simmons' reported sexual misconduct. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi was 17 at the time of the incident, which also allegedly involved another Hollywood figure who's been accused of sexual misconduct, director Bret Ratner.

According to the news site, Simmons and Ratner took Khalighi to dinner followed by a trip to Simmons' apartment in 1991. The premise was to show Khalighi a music video that was in its early stages of production. That's when Khalighi began to notice Simmons' sexual behavior became assertive as he allegedly forcefully took off her clothes.

"I looked over at Brett and said 'help me' and I'll never forget the look on his face," Khalighi said. "In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together."

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Let Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, He's The Hottest Rapper In The Game Right Now

TMZ caught Soulja Boy out and about on Thursday (Jan. 17) in New York City, where the viral celebrity discusses how he's the hottest MC in hip-hop today, and continues to take shots at some of his contemporaries.

"I’m the hottest rapper in the game, bro," The "Crank Dat" musician says. "Kanye West talking about ‘he Walt Disney’… you ain’t sh*t… I made a million dollars in a week." Of course, this is in reference to the video game console that bares his name.

He continues by discussing that the grind never stops for him, and if it wasn't for his influence, the Internet boom, streaming and more probably wouldn't be as prolific.

"This is natural hustle man, I’m the reason music is digital right now," he continues. He also says that his recent headline-making comments aren't marketing, but the real deal.

"Are you serious? This is real life, real sh*t," he queries. "This not no marketing, bro. I kept it real. I told people I had the biggest comeback of 2018, and n***as wanna talk about Tyga." He concludes by saying that he's thrilled that Travis Scott is not only performing at the Super Bowl, but also that he "took Tyga's b***h" Kylie Jenner.

2019 is wild.

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Murderer Of Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Sentenced To 20 Years

Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines, is finally getting justice. Lamar Davenport, the man who killed Hines in 2015, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. confirms.

Davenport's sentencing was mandated on Thursday (Jan. 17). He was convicted of manslaughter in May 2018. As previously reported, Davenport – who was dating Hines at the time – reportedly killed her in Aug. 2015 outside of their New York City apartment. Witnesses claimed that he repeatedly stabbed her as yelled out comments about religion. E'Dena was 33.

Davenport was acquitted of second-degree murder after his lawyer argued that he was high on PCP at the time of the murder. A judge ultimately found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter, however.

After he's released from prison, Davenport will reportedly be placed under post-release supervision for five years.

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