His father was a public school administrator and his mother was a New York City park administrator. His brothers are painter Daniel Simmons Jr. In , Simmons co-produced and appeared in the film Krush Groove. Simmons's connections with well known rap artists helped to promote the clothing line to a wide audience. The influence of designers such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger gave the clothing line a classic look and feel. Phat Fashions encompassed not only hip hop clothing for men, but also women and children.
Phat Fashions grew into a lifestyle brand with the addition of jewelry, perfume, and other merchandise. In addition, the clothing line was carried by some 3, retailers in the United States. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide art education and support to under-serviced youth by helping people of color access the arts and by providing exhibition opportunities.
The Foundation serves about 3, students annually and maintains two galleries. They have two daughters, Ming Lee born and Aoki Lee born In March , Simmons announced his divorce from Lee. Simmons practices a method of yoga known as Jivamukti Yoga ,  which encourages vegetarianism and social and environmental activism. Social activism[ edit ] Simmons has been vegan since and advocates Ahimsa and veganism , citing animal rights along with the environmental and health benefits.
Together with Rabbi Marc Schneier he served as the official patron of the conference held July in Kiev , Ukraine.
In , he took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests, visiting the protesters at Zuccotti Park often and for many consecutive days. Simmons is also a longtime supporter for gay rights. He encourages marriage equality. Simmons and Brett Ratner , who was also accused by Khalighi of watching them without intervening when she asked for his help, both deny that the encounter was non-consensual.
In response, Simmons said he would step down from his positions with his businesses. On December 13, , The Los Angeles Times published an investigative report in which five women accused Simmons of sexual misconduct; including an alleged rape. On the same day, The New York Times published the accounts of four other women who accused Simmons of inappropriate conduct; including three alleged rapes. In response to the allegations, Simmons stated he "never had a sexual encounter that was not consensual or lawful.
They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described. I have separated myself from my businesses and charities in order to not become a distraction.
The suit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning Jarosik can not refile allegations in court. Sexual harassment or assault[ edit ] Women who said they had been sexually harassed or assaulted including attempted rape by Simmons include: