HBO cuts ties with Russell Simmons
NEW YORK (AP):
HBO distanced itself from Russell Simmons and scrubbed his name from a stand-up comedy series he helped produce on the eve of its debut following a second sexual misconduct allegation.
HBO said it will go ahead with today's airing of All Def Comedy but will edit out any link to Simmons in the wake of allegations by screenwriter Jenny Lumet.
She claims he had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.
"Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward," read a statement by HBO, which had previously been home to the Simmons' pioneering Def Comedy Jam.
''We have no other projects with Russell Simmons," the statement read.