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USA TODAY Published 10:31 a.m. ET Jan. 26, 2018 | Updated 12:47 p.m. ET Jan. 26, 2018

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Kimora Lee Simmons, who was married to Russell Simmons from 1998 to 2009, says the man described in the allegations against her husband is "nothing like the person I have known."(Photo: Richard Drew, AP)

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Russell Simmons' ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, has finally addressed the sexual-misconduct allegations which have been piling up against him since late November.

Simmons, 60, has been accused of sexual misconduct ranging from assault to rape by 11 women on the record, including model Keri Claussen Khaligi, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and writer Jenny Lumet.

Many of the incidents in question took place in the 1990s before the Simmons marriage in 1998, though a new lawsuit filed this week by accuser Jennifer Jarosik, who says he raped her, expands the timeline to 2016, seven years after their divorce.  

On Thursday night, Kimora Lee Simmons posted a statement on Instagram, writing, "I add my voice to the chorus of those speaking out against sexual harassment in all its forms."

The model-turned-fashion designer, who has two daughters with him, noted, "I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced and have remained friends, co-parents and partners throughout it all."

She concluded, "These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supporting father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities."

On Wednesday, Simmons released a statement through his representative Eric Rose denying the allegation made by Jarosik: "This allegation is absolutely untrue. I look forward to having my day in court — where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known." 

The rap mogul and philanthropist stepped away from his businesses and charities in November in order to avoid being "a distraction." He has since mounted a #NotMe defense on social media.

In December, the New York Police Department confirmed they were investigating allegations against him.

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  • Russell Simmons and producer Brett Ratner arrive at2 of 22
  • Russell Simmons and daughter Ming Lee Simmons attend3 of 22
  • Producer Russell Simmons (L) takes part in a rally4 of 22
  • Russell Simmons, Def Jam founder/mogul, philanthropist5 of 22
  • Model Lucy McIntosh and Russell Simmons attend Goldie6 of 22
  • Artist and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, center, looks7 of 22
  •  (L-R) Russell Simmons, Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore8 of 22
  • Jay-Z, from left, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour9 of 22
  • Russell Simmons and Forest Whitaker attend an event10 of 22
  • Russell Simmons and Common arrive on the red carpet11 of 22
  • Russell Simmons speaks at the 3rd Annual NY Peace Week12 of 22
  • Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records, participates13 of 22
  • Russell Simmons rides in his new limousine, a Maybach14 of 22
  • Russell Simmons drops in to talk to his soon-to-be15 of 22
  • Russell Simmons signs photographs of himself in his16 of 22
  • Russell Simmons strikes yoga poses in his daily yoga17 of 22
  • Russell Simmons checks his email while he rides an18 of 22
  • Lyor Cohen (L), Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman19 of 22
  • Russell Simmons at his office at Rush Communications20 of 22
  • Russell Simmons, surrounded by the cast, accepts the21 of 22
  • This 1996 handout photo shows, Russell SImmons at 38,22 of 22

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