Russell Simmons has publicly appealed to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, asking him to allow the Occupy Wall Street protesters to stay at Zuccotti Park.
The entrepreneur and Def Jam Recordings co-founder - who has been seen on several occasions with the protest movement in New York City - offered to pay for the clean-up operation and said that he is even prepared to face arrest.
Simmons wrote on his official Twitter page: "Dear @MikeBloomberg pls do not throw out protesters at Zuccotti Park. I will pay for clean-up to avoid confrontation."
He also promised to be at the park at 7am on Friday morning when demonstrators have been asked to leave, adding: "There is no way the brave, patriotic young people are being kicked out".
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been based at Zuccotti Park since September 17 in opposition to consumerism and what it sees as the unfair influence of major corporations on government.
Simmons added: "I have been there 15 times, and I will be there tomorrow... Dear mike I have long supported u and u have been good mayor, don't take me to jail tomorrow I'm not 22 I don't wanna go :-) but I will. (sic)"