Ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and their daughter have accused the music executive, Russell Simmons of verbal abuse.
Along with posting texts and muted FaceTime recordings appearing to show her father yelling, on Monday (6.19), Kimora Lee and their 20-year-old daughter Aoki Lee Simmons accused the Def Jam Recordings executive of verbally abusive behavior.
“My father is not well, for years, he needs help and won’t accept that he refuses to acknowledge he is not himself,” captioned Aoki on one Instagram video. “He has threatened and bullied my sister, my grandma, he has harassed my grandma in the middle of the night in poor health, send a man to my sisters apartment at 2am to scare her (sic). He lashes out at ANYONE who does not say ‘oh Russell everything is fine.'”
Alongside one FaceTime recording, she added, “This is not someone who will accept help. This is just one screen recording sorry I don’t always remember to press ‘record’ when he calls my friends, my boyfriend, anyone, to get a chance to threaten and curse and go crazy.”
In a subsequent post, Aoki claimed that some of the Simmons family wonders if Russell is “mentally ill” or has dementia because “he really acts like he hates and does not know his children frequently”.
On her Instagram Stories, his ex-wife wrote, “I’m so sorry to have to do this. But this man has been threatening my kids lives (sic). I’m hearing so much more now. We won’t be bullied or threatened or afraid.”His ex-wife also shared a screenshot of her daughter’s text in which she informed her father that his calls had been giving her panic attacks.
“No one should live like this,” wrote Kimora, beside the text. “No one’s child. This is abuse. Not ok.”
Russell and Kimora were married between 1998 and 2009 and they also share a 23-year-old daughter named Ming Lee. More than a dozen women have accused Russell of sexual misconduct and assault in recent years. He has denied all of the claims.