Russell Simmons accused of rape in new $10 million lawsuit
Russell Simmons is accused of raping a woman after giving her a violent ultimatum involving her elementary-school-aged son, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.
The woman — who uses the name Jane Doe in the suit — claims Simmons assaulted her after meeting her at a concert and inviting her to an afterparty in Los Angeles.
She claims she dropped off her son with a babysitter and spent time with Simmons after the concert, but didn’t want to have sex with him after going back his hotel room so he could “get something.”
“I am going to f–k you or I’m going to f–k your son. You decide,” Simmons allegedly told her, according to the lawsuit.
She claims Simmons then raped her on the hotel room’s bed. It’s unclear when the alleged incident took place.
“I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me,” Simmons, 60, said in a statement to TMZ. “They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests.
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“I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”
The lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from Simmons.
Simmons is accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen women. Keri Claussen Khalighi claimed to The Los Angeles Times in November that the Def Jam co-founder made an unwanted sexual advance, then briefly penetrated her against her will in the shower. Days later, screenwriter Jenny Lumet claimed in an essay published by Billboard that Simmons penetrated her without her consent as well.
Among Simmons’ other accusers are three women who claimed to The New York Times in December that they were raped by the music mogul.
Another woman named Jennifer Jarosik accused Simmons of raping her in 2016 in a lawsuit filed in January.