Music mogul Russell Simmons is being sued for $5 million by a lady who alleges that he raped her in 2016 at his dwelling in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Jarosik filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to Simmons on Wednesday, alleging sexual assault and battery, in addition to intentional and negligent infliction of emotional misery.
Jarosik, 37, stated within the lawsuit that she was pursuing her ardour and dream of manufacturing a documentary when she was “sexually battered, and raped” by Simmons after she approached him to be interviewed.
Simmons denied the allegation in an announcement to BuzzFeed Information.
“This allegation is completely unfaithful,” he stated. “I stay up for having my day in court docket – the place, not like the court docket of public opinion, I’ll have the flexibility to utilize truthful processes that make sure that justice shall be completed and that the complete fact shall be recognized.”
In response to her lawsuit, Jarosik stated she met Simmons in 2006 in New York Metropolis. Later, she stated Simmons later supplied to take part in her documentary and co-produce and finance the venture. In August 2016, she stated Simmons invited her to his Los Angeles dwelling on the pretext that they’d focus on the venture. However as a substitute, she alleges he insisted she have intercourse with him. When she stated no, Jarosik alleges that Simmons received aggressive, pushed her onto a mattress, and raped her.
In December, 10 ladies got here ahead with allegations that Simmons raped or sexually harassed them in studies first printed by the New York Instances and Los Angeles Instances. New York Metropolis police confirmed on the time that they have been wanting into a number of the allegations.
“It’s time that the hip hop trade face the music and acknowledge that the deep rooted historical past of misogyny and discrimination in opposition to ladies within the music trade has to come back to an finish. #TimesUp,” Jarosik’s lawyer, Perry C. Wander, informed BuzzFeed Information in an announcement. “It’s not sufficient to apologize and step away from your corporation, convert a yoga studio to a nonprofit and nonetheless draw a wage and be value $500 million and do nothing however apologize. As James Franco stated, ‘if I have to make restitution I’ll do this.'”