Tell me that this is getting old already …Powerful successful men use their position to overpower women in a inappropriate manner. Now it is Russell Simmons whose name is added to the list of shamed men who have acted in a inappropriate manner. This is not a matter of saying something inappropriate and then realize your mistake and say sorry. According to both the victim Jenny Lumet and Russell Simmons it went further than that. In a published report on the Hollywood reporter(see the link)(https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writer-jenny-lumet-russell-simmons-sexually-violated-me-guest-column-1062934) Lumet goes into great detail about this encounter. One thing keeps coming back …with each of these men Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer,Bill O’Reilly and now Russell Simmons these are very powerful public men used to getting their way and if they don’t …at what point does this end? Of course Simmons said he was sorry after this came out. He had more than a few ocassions that he and Lumet admit they have crossed paths since that night and yet he never made a move to clear things to truly be sorry. Now it will cost him dearly.
Here is his statement…
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991,” Simmons said in a statement. “I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize.”
The statement continued: “This is a time of great transition. The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard. As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don’t want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward. I will convert the studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing. As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”
All his businesses are lost, what ever relationships he has with other women will be called in question. How does he a father of young women face them after this? It took this article in the Hollywood Reporter to get an apology from decades ago? Wow!
Convicted killer Jodi Arias is suing her former attorney for disclosing his thoughts in a tell all book…“Trapped with Ms. Arias”
According to one published report “Trapped with Ms. Arias” already contributed to Nurmi, appointed to the case before entering private practice, losing his license to practice law after it disclosed confidences from his client.
He said in his book, written without permission, that the plan was Arias’ and gave his own view on her guilt.
“He wrote the book in a selfish attempt to ‘redeem’ his public image and enrich himself to the extreme detriment of Ms. Arias,” her new lawyers said in the Maricopa County suit.
The current inmate also alleges that Nurmi had an “unprofessional and prurient interest in the sexual nature of the case” as well as Arias.
In response he said that he wrote the book only after being diagnosed with cancer, as a way to “mitigate the damage” of his former client’s “lies.”
“Standing up to the abuse Ms. Arias imparted upon me over the years was an important part of my personal transformation and I will continue to fight this battle with vigor as I defend against this lawsuit which is best viewed as a continuation of Ms. Arias’s pattern of attacking men whom she feels have wronged her,” Nurmi said in a statement to the Arizona Republic.
“Of course, no one person has suffered at the hands of Ms. Arias (more) than Mr. Alexander and I look forward to clearing the air on all the derogatory assertions that Ms. Arias made about him as I defend against the outrageous claims made in this lawsuit.”
I don’t feel sorry for Jodi Arias. Her lawyer fought to her spend life in prison vs getting the death penalty she viciously murdered someone tried to cover it up and then lie about then when she couldn’t lie anymore then she admitted she murdered Travis Alexander as self defense.
Ok I admit I was caught off guard on this one. Lauer fired? For what? Then the answer …No!!! No way!!!But like Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer did admit to what he did …sort of.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement provided to CNN. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” Lauer said.
This is someone many people trusted as a coworker and someone who viewers saw as trustworthy reporting the news. Yet the word betrayed comes to mind. Here is some thoughts by his own co workers.
Some NBC veterans said they did not recognize the man they were now reading about.
Some of the same sentiments were heard last week when CBS fired Charlie Rose.
“It is a difficult morning here again,” Kotb said. “Our top story is once again about our former colleague.”Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the “Today” show. “We are devastated,” she said.
“We were both woken up with the news kind of predawn,” Guthrie’s co-host Hoda Kotb said.“And we’re trying to process it and make sense of it. And it will take some time for that.”
Of course like Charlie Rose coworkers are left shocked stunned and left without words by someone they really liked as a coworker and friend. They are left to reconcile the allegations vs the person they know… for Lauer …saying I am sorry now is way too late. As someone asked once about something unrelated to this but it fits. Are you really sorry or are you sorry you got caught? Both Rose and Lauer sorries are way too late and only because they were called out did sorry come out of their mouths. Which means if they did not get found out they would not be sorry. So their apology means nothing right now.
Sexual harassment training is something is very big in the corporate world training begins when you first get hired and continues during your employment …so I guess in Matt Lauer ‘s case it didn’t take. My point is in this day and age there is no excuse for this. Is that harsh? No. Both Rose and Lauer used their public image to do their dirt in their private lives. Lauer according to published reports “There are multiple women we’ve spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer. The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change.” Which means there is more to come.
When does this end? Bill O Reilly, Bill Cosby , Charlie Rose , Matt Lauer… powerful men very public powerful men who by word and deeds show what a sham their public image really is…Betrayal indeed.
The news to me was stunning because of the candor of which both Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King spoke about the allegations of sexual harassment against their coworker Charlie Rose.
What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible?” Gayle King
Norah O’Donnell spoke at length first.
This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment of where we stand and, more generally, the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive, and I’ve been doing a lot of listening, and I’m going to continue to do that. This I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. I am really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here, especially on this show, all of you here. This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.
King then spoke up to note that she was still “reeling” from yesterday’s Post story and had slept less than two hours the night before. “Both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I am not OK.”
“I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years,” she said. “I’ve held him in such high regard, and I’m really struggling, because what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? […] That said, Charlie does not get a pass here.”
Charlie Rose isn’t the first to be accused and not even the first in the past week. In his case he admitted he did what he was accused of. Does this make him a good guy? Not necessarily. Admitting to it could be a way of defusing a explosive situation or could be out of fear of more dirt coming out. Was he admitting to sexual harassment because he was found out? All real questions. At 75 years old it appears his career is all but over and for the most part now this will cloud his past works with a very wary eye. his co workers have every right to be angry and betrayed. It will bear watching how this works out for his victims and how he is left to answer for what he has done.
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