NYPD investigating Russell Simmons rape allegations

The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into allegations made by three women who say that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.

Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said Thursday that detectives are in the process of reviewing the accusations and are reaching out to the alleged victims.

Simmons wrote on Instagram earlier in the day that he would "begin to properly defend" himself.

The investigation follows a New York Times story published Wednesday in which the women detailed the rape allegations. The allegations in the Times' report stem from the 1980s and 1990s.

Simmons denies any wrongdoing, and wrote on Instagram that he "will prove without a doubt" that he is innocent. He posted his words under a photo that read #NotMe.

He writes that "my intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. ...It's just a statement about my innocence."

Last month, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its "All Def Comedy" show after a sexual misconduct allegation by a screenwriter