Russell Simmons Lil Reese

A writer for Ebony.com took Russell Simmons to task for his "half-hearted" blog post condemning little known rapper Lil Reese for assaulting a woman. The writer, Sil Lai Abrams, is a relationship expert and a victim of domestic abuse herself. Lil Reese's violent assault on high school graduate Tiairah Marie was captured on a cell phone video that went viral online.

Reese later apologized for his earlier defiant response to the public outrage -- but only after radio programmers and DJs threatened to boycott his music.

Russell Simmons, who was criticized for approving a post on Global Grind written by a black woman defending Reese's behavior, wrote a tweet indicating he had no editorial control over his own blog.

"I deplore the violence one editor said boycott him the other said team them I said nothing," Simmons tweeted on Oct. 29. He later deleted his tweet.

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