US Yoga Studio Bans Celeb Russell Simmons Amid #MeToo Accusations
Hip-hop artist Russell Simmons was looking forward to make a comeback after multiple accusations but a Manhattan Yoga studio banned him following 12 rape and sexual misconduct cases during the #MeToo movement, reported Fox News. Simmons was recently asked to stop visiting Modo Yoga NYC, a West Village fitness studio.
The fashion mogul recently shifted to Bali in 2018 after misconduct cases. It was also reported that in August this year he was back in New York to party in the Hamptons. He was caught attending yoga classes at Modo since he was in Manhattan for the past few weeks. “The management invited me, and then said that my presence had ‘triggered some members,” Simmons told The Post from Bali.
- Hip-hop artist Russell Simmons was recently banned from a Manhattan yoga studio following 12 rape and sexual misconduct cases during the #MeToo movement.
- The management had invited him, and then said that his presence had ‘triggered some members’, said Simmons.
- The fashion mogul recently shifted to Bali in 2018 after misconduct cases. It was also reported that in August this year he was back in New York to party.
- “I’m deeply disappointed and hurt by it,” Simmons said.
Simmons claims he was invited to yoga and then told that people didn’t want him there, according to Page Six:
“The management invited me, and then said that my presence had ‘triggered some members,’” Simmons told The Post from Bali.
The owners of Modo Yoga responded, “We do not pass judgment, gossip or comment on any of our students . . . However, when we receive complaints from students who are uncomfortable because of another student’s alleged conduct outside of Modo, we are put in a difficult position.”
“I’m deeply disappointed and hurt by it,” Simmons said. “Guilty by accusation, I don’t believe is a good way to go forward.”
It started in November 2017 when the hip-hop icon and business mogul Russell Simmons was accused of many cases of sexual misconduct. Although, he had denied the allegations of non-consensual sexual interactions, had said, “I vehemently deny all these allegations,” he told The New York Times after the paper published the accounts of four women, three of whom alleged that they were raped by Simmons. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
On January 24th, Jennifer Jarosik spoke up against him, accusing Simmons of rape. She filed a suit against him asking for $5 million in damages.
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