NYPD OPENS RUSSELL SIMMONS INVESTIGATION AS MORE SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS SURFACE
Russell Simmons Gets Backlash For #NotMe From Alleged Victim Kelly Cutrone
Russell Simmons’ creepy #NotMe hashtag looks to be backfiring terribly for him, with prominent publicist Kelly Cutrone becoming so disgusted by his attempt to paint himself as a victim of false accusations that she is now stepping forward to claim Simmons tried to rape her in 1991.
“He pushed me into his apartment and then he threw me down on the floor and literally tried to grab … take my clothes off of me,” Cutrone told us, “And I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f–k off of me. And that I would have him killed if he ever f–king laid a hand on me.” She added, “I actually think I told him I would call Page Six! I was a publicist! I think I told him I would call Page Six and have him murdered
Despite Simmons claim that #NotMe was not an attempt to “diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable,” Cutrone was horrified by the idea, telling Page Six, “It’s a call to every man who wants the right to abuse women to continue.”
Irvin Mayfield indicted by federal grand jury on fraud, money laundering charges
Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield was indicted Thursday (Dec. 14) by a federal grand jury on 19 counts including fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The indictment also names Mayfield's longtime artistic partner Ronald Markham as co-defendant.
Thursday's indictment alleges that he and Markham steered nearly $1.4 million from the New Orleans Public Library Foundation's Board to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra or to enrich themselves between 2011 and 2013, while serving in leadership roles on both organization's boards. Among other things, Mayfield spent the money on a 24-karat gold-plated trumpet, the indictment alleges.
He's also alleged to have spent thousands in donations on travel expenses the library foundation says were not connected with library business, including tens of thousands on hotel expenses in New York.
The indictment against Mayfield, 40, and Markham, 39, included four counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice, among other charges.
Mayfield founded the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in 2002, and Markham served as president and CEO. They each were paid a $100,000 salary, according to the indictment. In 2011, one of orchestra's main sources of funding -- the Edward Wisner Donation from the city of New Orleans -- dried up, and the two men started looking for new funding, the indictment says.
DEBRA LEE STEPS DOWN AS BET PRESIDENT; REPLACED BY SCOTT MILLS
Lee says she’s done (in that capacity) and will be transferring oversight of daily operations to Scott Mills, who’s currently an executive vice president and chief administrative officer at parent company Viacom.
However, Lee will retain her positions as BET Networks’ Chairman and CEO, concentrating on the company’s engagement with communities. She will also advise Mills in his new role.