Russell Simmons Sued For Over $5 Million Over Alleged Rape

Russell Simmons Sued For Over $5 Million Over Alleged Rape

At least a dozen women have accused Simmons of rape or sexual assault, including two who came forward in December. The suit further that she felt the incident was partially her fault because she was not strong enough to resist.

The latest in a string of women to accuse the 60-year-old of sexual assault, Jennifer Jarosik alleges that Simmons "pounced on her" when she shut down his request to have sex in his Beverly Hills home in 2016, according to the Blast. Later, she said Simmons later offered to participate in her documentary and co-produce and finance the project.

As if to add one more dig against Simmons ...

Jarosik claimed in the filing that she met Simmons in 2006 in NY and that he agreed to be interviewed for her documentary about female empowerment, which he also offered to co-produce and finance.

Jarosik claims the Def Jam founder "got aggressive" after she turned him down and pushed her onto his bed.

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Jarosik, whose website credits her as a published poet, a children's book author and a documentary producer, has subsequently suffered "severe and permanent emotional and mental distress and anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, fright, discomfort, anxiety and depression". She is now seeking $5 million in punitive damages and unspecified actual damages.

She claims Simmons "historically thrived on the sexual exploitation of young women trying to break into the entertainment and music industry, in which young female artists are falsely promised opportunities and advancement by experienced and well-established men in power in the industry".

Simmons has been accused of rape by four other women, as well as several other instances of sexual misconduct. "It's time that the hip hop industry face the music and recognize that the deep rooted history of misogyny and discrimination against women in the music industry has to come to an end", said Jarosik's lawyer, Perry C. Wander, in a statement.

Jarosik had told friends about the rape but did not go public or call authorities because she partly blamed herself for not having the strength to fight him off, the suit said.

"Mr. Simmons practices meditation, yoga and is a long time vegan practicing non violence against animals", said Wander. "The hypocrisy has to stop now".

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