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Russell Simmons Sued Over Rape Accusation


Russell Simmons in 2017. A Los Angeles lady sued him on Wednesday, accusing Mr. Simmons of rape and sexual battery.

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A Los Angeles lady has accused the song tycoon Russell Simmons of sexual battery and rape in a civil lawsuit filed in opposition to him Wednesday in federal court docket there.

The lawsuit asks for $five million in damages from Mr. Simmons, the multimillionaire Def Jam Recordings co-founder who, within the closing two months, has been accused of sexual misconduct, attack or rape by means of a minimum of 10 different girls, and has been the point of interest of a police investigation.

Mr. Simmons has strenuously denied any misconduct. In a commentary Wednesday, he referred to as the lawsuit allegations “absolutely untrue.” He added: “I look forward to having my day in court — where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known.”

In the grievance filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Jennifer Jarosik, 37, mentioned she first met Mr. Simmons, 60, in New York in 2006, and that they was buddies in accordance with a mutual pastime in meditation, yoga and veganism. Ms. Jarosik used to be eager about interviewing Mr. Simmons for a documentary she used to be making; Mr. Simmons agreed and mentioned he would lend a hand her produce and finance the movie, which they started operating on, the grievance says. Ms. Jarosik mentioned that, in 2016, she went to Mr. Simmons’s house in Los Angeles, at his invitation, and he requested her to have intercourse. She mentioned no. He was competitive, the grievance alleges, and driven her onto the mattress; when she attempted to chase away, he knocked her to the ground and raped her, she says.

She described the incident to the director and editor of her movie on the time, the grievance says. It interrupted her paintings and led her to really feel humiliation, concern and despair, for which she wanted medicine, the grievance says, within the request for damages.

Perry C. Wander, a attorney for Ms. Jarosik, mentioned in a phone interview Thursday that Ms. Jarosik additionally alleges that Mr. Simmons assaulted her in his house in New York in 2011, and that she intends to document a prison grievance with the New York Police Department, which has been investigating a number of sexual misconduct proceedings by means of different girls in opposition to Mr. Simmons, in addition to the Los Angeles police.

Mr. Wander mentioned that, till different girls started describing their reports with Mr. Simmons, Ms. Jarosik felt in charge about her encounters. “She was blaming herself,” he mentioned.

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