TMZ caught up with Russell Simmons in a parking lot while he was walking to his car and asked him about his belief in the secret organization of higher powered individuals known as The Illuminati.  Simmons denied in full having any belief in any such organization.  He stressed the fact that people become great because they worked hard with the potential they are given and it in turn inspires others to do the same.  He did, however, add that this type of hard work which turns into incredible success is what makes people believe that various individuals are down with the Illuminati.

"No, are you kidding me? I'm a grown a$s man, of course not.

"Everybody who works hard, looks inside themselves, finds the strength to create something special; the President, Jay-Z, ya know, whoever does well...whoever realizes their potential, it makes people who don't work, or don't have faith or confidence or courage to be good or be great, [it makes them] point the finger. Holmes is down with the devil."