Russell Simmons and his friend Brett Ratner were under investigation by the Beverly Hills PD for an alleged sexual battery that occurred in 2001.
The 29-year-old woman said the two men held her against her will and touched her unlawfully. Prosecutors declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.
Simmons has since responded to the past allegations:
“This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue.” – Russell Simmons