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Anti-War Signs At Russell Simmons' Apartment Near WTC Site Stir Up Controversy

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Russell Simmons is stirring up controversy once again, this time down at Ground Zero. NY1's Dean Meminger explains in the following report.

Signs posted on the windows of millionaire music mogul Russell Simmons’ Lower Manhattan apartment reading “No More War, “Peace,” and “No More Lies” are causing a bit of controversy.

“Russell hasn’t been down here, he doesn't live here,” says Andrew Jurinko, a neighbor of Simmons. “He owns the space, [and] that's find and dandy.”

Jurinko says he has the same political view points as the millionaire, but he questions whether or not those sort of signs should be across from where the World Trade Center once stood. He says Simmons may be inviting trouble.

“If you start putting up too many signs against the Bush administration for the public to see and call attention to it, I don't know that it's really helping our building or our cause,” Jurinko says.

The building was heavily damaged on 9/11 and overlooks the WTC site. On Friday, people who gathered at the site didn't notice the signs until NY1 told them to look up.

“It's his house or his apartment, and he can do whatever he wants,” said one observer.

“We were struck and struck bad right here, and this is not no place for something like that at all,” said a tourist.

“He does have the freedom to do that, since he owns the place, but he needs to have a little respect for everybody that has gone through this tragedy,” said another man.

In a statement to NY1 about the 1960's-style signs, Simmons says: “I believe that we have made choices motivated by fear and anger rather than love, and all good personal and national choices should come from or be motivated by love.”

One tourist summed it up this way: “I say he has the right to keep them up, but people have the right to protest and boycott any product that he has, and he has to respect our rights as much as we respect his.”

- Dean Meminger
NY1's Dean Meminger explains in the following report.

Signs posted on the windows of millionaire music mogul Russell Simmons’ Lower Manhattan apartment reading “No More War, “Peace,” and “No More Lies” are causing a bit of controversy.

“Russell hasn’t been down here, he doesn't live here,” says Andrew Jurinko, a neighbor of Simmons. “He owns the space, [and] that's find and dandy.”

Jurinko says he has the same political view points as the millionaire, but he questions whether or not those sort of signs should be across from where the World Trade Center once stood. He says Simmons may be inviting trouble.

“If you start putting up too many signs against the Bush administration for the public to see and call attention to it, I don't know that it's really helping our building or our cause,” Jurinko says.

The building was heavily damaged on 9/11 and overlooks the WTC site. On Friday, people who gathered at the site didn't notice the signs until NY1 told them to look up.

“It's his house or his apartment, and he can do whatever he wants,” said one observer.

“We were struck and struck bad right here, and this is not no place for something like that at all,” said a tourist.

“He does have the freedom to do that, since he owns the place, but he needs to have a little respect for everybody that has gone through this tragedy,” said another man.

In a statement to NY1 about the 1960's-style signs, Simmons says: “I believe that we have made choices motivated by fear and anger rather than love, and all good personal and national choices should come from or be motivated by love.”

One tourist summed it up this way: “I say he has the right to keep them up, but people have the right to protest and boycott any product that he has, and he has to respect our rights as much as we respect his.”

- Dean Meminger
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