Black music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is the latest high profile media personality having to fight historic sexual assault allegations. New York Police have confirmed that Simmons, 60-year-old founder of iconic Def Jam Recordings, is being investigated after several women have come forward to accuse Simmons of sexual misconduct, including claims of rape.

Simmons strenuously denies the allegations, saying: “Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges,”