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Russell Simmons and Accuser Agree to Dismiss $5 Million Rape Lawsuit

UPDATE: E! Information can verify Russell Simmons and Jennifer Jarosik filed a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice. 

Every get together agreed to pay their very own lawyer’s charges and prices within the authorized case. The Def Jam Information co-founder has denied all accusations within the case. 


Russell Simmons is being sued to the tune of $5 million for allegedly raping a lady in 2016, a declare he calls “completely unfaithful.”

In accordance with courtroom paperwork obtained by E! Information, Jennifer Jarosik is suing the music mogul for sexual assault and battery, in addition to for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional misery. 

Simmons launched a prolonged assertion to E! Information in response, which learn, “This allegation is totally unfaithful. I stay up for having my day in courtroom—the place, not like the courtroom of public opinion, I’ll have the flexibility to utilize honest processes that be certain that justice will probably be carried out and that the total reality will probably be recognized. Within the meantime, please perceive that I cannot litigate this matter within the media. I’m assured that when all is alleged and all is finished, it is going to be as clear to others as it’s to me that I didn’t do what this lawsuit accuses me of doing.”

Jarosik, then an aspiring documentary filmmaker, states within the lawsuit that she first met and solid a friendship with Simmons in 2006. On the time, she claims Simmons supplied to co-produce and finance a movie she was engaged on.

In August 2016, Jarosik alleges Simmons invited her to his dwelling, the place upon arriving he allegedly requested her to have intercourse. Jarosik claims she denied his request, and Simmons “bought aggressive” and pushed her on his mattress. Within the paperwork, Jarosik claims Simmons knocked her up and doing and hit her head after she “tried to pressure [Simmons] away from her.” Simmons then allegedly “pounced on her whereas she was nonetheless in shock and concern, and proceeded to rape her.”

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The lady claims she contacted Simmons after others got here ahead with related accusations towards him, however he allegedly “pretended [the incident] by no means occurred.”

A minimum of 14 girls have accused the DefJam co-founder of sexual misconduct, which he is additionally beforehand denied. Earlier this month, the New York Police Division confirmed they have been trying into new allegations towards Simmons, who has since stepped down from his varied companies.

Simmons touched on these accusations within the assertion, including, “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual. I’m blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether or not by means of work or love, with many nice girls; and I’ve monumental respect for the ladies’s motion worldwide and their battle for respect, dignity, equality and energy.”

“I’m devastated by any motive I’ll have given to anybody to say or consider me within the methods which can be presently being described,” he mentioned. “In current weeks, some former enterprise, inventive and romantic companions have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In a few of these cases, monetary motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been provided to the media, which has been fully neglected of tales. The present allegations vary from the patently unfaithful to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of harmless till confirmed responsible should not get replaced by ‘Responsible by Accusation.'”

Simmons concluded, “I’ve already apologized for the cases of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations. I’ve separated myself from my companies and charities with a purpose to not change into a distraction. I’ve re-dedicated myself to non secular studying, therapeutic and dealing on behalf of the communities to which I’ve devoted my life. I’ve accepted that I can and will get grime on my sleeves if it means witnessing the start of a brand new consciousness about girls.”

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“What I cannot settle for is accountability for what I’ve not carried out,” he mentioned. “I’ve carried out my life with a message of peace and love. Though I’ve been candid about how I’ve lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I’ll relentlessly combat towards any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a person of violence.”

The courtroom paperwork additionally contains “#TimesUp” on a number of pages, and states Simmons has “traditionally thrived on the sexual exploitation of younger girls making an attempt to interrupt into the leisure and music trade, by which younger feminine artists are falsely promised alternatives and development by skilled and well-established males in energy within the trade.”

An announcement from the lady’s lawyer Perry Wander to E! Information reads, “It is time that the hip hop trade face the music and acknowledge that the deep rooted historical past of misogyny and discrimination towards girls within the music trade has to return to an finish. #TimesUp. It isn’t sufficient to apologize and step away from your enterprise, 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 mentioned, ‘If I have to make restitution I will try this.'”

The assertion continues, “Mr. Simmons practices meditation, yoga and is a very long time vegan practising non violence towards animals. So mainly he treats animals higher than girls. The hypocrisy has to cease now.”

(Initially printed Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. PST)

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