Sil Lai Abrams says she met Simmons in 1989 while working as a hostess at a nightclub in New York, and they later began an intermittent sexual relationship. After working as an executive assistant at Def Jam Recordings in 1992, Abrams briefly moved to Florida with her infant son, but moved back to New York in 1994.
That year, while staying with a friend, she made plans to reunite with Simmons and spend an afternoon and evening together. Abrams, 24 at the time, says she told the Def Jam co-founder that she was seeing someone else, and informed him their physical relationship was over, which Simmons allegedly said he respected.
The two party-hopped that night and Abrams drank heavily, she says, while Simmons stuck to sparkling water. Around 3 a.m., she asked Simmons to order her a ride home, but instead he took her to his penthouse, where she passed out fully clothed on a bed. While drifting in and out of sleep, she says, Simmons approached, naked except for a condom, flipped her onto her stomach, pulled down her shorts and raped her, against her repeated protests. Simmons then told Abrams to spend the rest of the night back at her friend’s place, where she woke up.
Abrams attempted suicide the following morning and checked into the Bellevue Hospital emergency room with the help of her host’s then-husband Emmanuel, whom she told about the rape. While at the hospital, Emmanuel says he called Simmons, whom he had met, to ask for help with medical fees. Informed that the hospital visit cost thousands of dollars, Simmons responded, “That’s a lot of money for one night,” according to Emmanuel.
Abrams was moved to a St. Vincent’s psychiatric ward, where she received visits from two friends, whom she also told about the rape, they told The Hollywood Reporter. Abrams still has a 1994 receipt from the hospital totaling $3,463.
Simmons apologized to Abrams for the incident in 1998, she says. They saw each other at Moomba nightclub in New York, where Simmons was allegedly hanging out with Donald Trump. According to Abrams, Simmons approached her outside the women’s restroom and said, “I’m sorry about what I did. I’m a different person now.”
Simmons summarily denied the allegations. In addition to the 1994 incident, Abrams also details her account of an alleged sexual assault by former 106 & Park host A.C. Calloway in 2006. The Hollywood Reporter outlines both allegations, as well as the failed months-long effort by Joy Reid to publish the report in New York and on MSNBC. The full story is worth a read, as is an op-ed published by Abrams about the particular challenges faced by black women alleging sexual misconduct.
Abrams is the 17th woman to accuse the hip-hop mogul of rape or assault. This includes former Def Jam executive Drew Dixon, who told The New York Times in December that she dealt with Simmons’ “prolonged and aggressive sexual harassment,” including him regularly exposing his erect penis to her and asking her to sit in his lap during meetings.
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