Russell Simmons isn’t banging the #NotMe drums anymore.
According to Page Six, the media mogul decided not to use the hashtag to publicly declare his innocence. His reps told the site “that this is a time for women to speak.”
Over the course of November and December, 13 women came forward accusing Simmons of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape. Eventually, Simmons stepped away from his business, but he continued to publicly maintain his innocence, even going so far as to co-opt the #MeToo hashtag to say #NotMe.
But that hashtag backfired in a big way, with Kelly Cutrone stepping forward to tell Page Six that he had tried to rape her in 1991.
“The #NotMe thing? I’m going to do a #YeahYou. F – – k you,” she said.