Phat Fashions encompassed not only hip hop clothing for men, but also women and children.Phat Fashions grew into a lifestyle brand with the addition of jewelry, perfume, and other merchandise.Simmons officially endorses the second Muslim Jewish Conference 2011.Together with Rabbi Marc Schneier he served as the official patron of the conference held July 2011 in Kiev, Ukraine.I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described.I have separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction." A number of women, some of whom were aged seventeen at the time of the alleged incidents, have accused Simmons of sexual harassment, assault or rape: Women who said they had been sexually harassed or assaulted (including attempted rape) by Simmons include: After the third assault allegation was published in a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter November 2017 by Jenny Lumet, Simmons stepped down from his role in the label Def Jam Records, along with his yoga lifestyle brand, other media properties and CNNMoney.Simmons co-founded Def Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin, who sold his share of the company for 0 million to Universal Music Group in 1996.
On the same day, HBO announced that they would be removing Simmons's name and his likeness from his stand-up comedy specials starting with the December 1 episode.
Simmons' company, Rush Communications Inc., includes over ten businesses and three non-profits.
Simmons, with his partner Stan Lathan, has also produced television hits HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam, and currently has a development deal with HBO.
In August 2013 Simmons launched the controversial "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" parody video on his You Tube channel, "All Def Digital", which led to public outrage and many critics demanding an apology. I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry.
The video featured an actress portraying the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) having sex with her slave owner with the intent of filming the act and blackmailing him to convince him to work on the Underground Railroad. My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there's still tremendous injustice," Simmons wrote. In November 2017, model Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991, when she was seventeen.