Drew Dixon has opened up about the sexual assault and harassment she endured while working with Russell Simmons in the 90s. It began after the Stanford graduate had landed her dream job as an A&R at Def Jam at the age of 24. The cycle of abuse was initiated with Simmons’ lewd remarks over the phone followed by his apologies for his inappropriate behavior. Then, it slowly got physical, from his pulling Dixon onto his lap in one instance to his eventual act of rape.
Once the pattern was clear, Dixon still wanted to hold onto her promising career. In hindsight, she says she might have wanted to quit.
Dixon had taken steps to avoid being alone in a room with Simmons. Still, the music mogul was able to lure her in with a professional matter to his home with the intention of ambushing her.
Russell Simmons gave her instructions for their meeting before excusing himself to the bathroom. When he returned, “he was not wearing any clothes and it became very violent, very quickly.”
A total of 18 women have come forward with similar allegations. Watch her full testimony below.