Russell Simmons Faces A New $10 Million Lawsuit By Alleged Rape Victim
Only identified in recently filed court documents as Jane Doe, a woman who accused Russell Simmons of alleged rape is suing the Def Jam founder for $10 million.
Russell Simmons continues to find himself in the crosshairs of sexual assault allegations as a lawsuit filed today (March 26) claims that the Def Jam founder allegedly raped a woman after a Sacramento concert.
The woman is only identified as Jane Doe in the suit, but she is suing Simmons for $10 million, accusing the hip-hop legend that he raped when she had no intentions of sleeping with him.
You can read the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit here.
Jane Doe claims that Simmons approached her during the concert and invited her and her son to come backstage to meet some of the Def Jam artists. The music industry veteran extended an invitation for the woman to join him at an “after party” at his hotel, the now-closed Clarion, after she dropped off her son at home with a babysitter.
According to the suit, the two socialized at the hotel bar, went together to the CoCo Palm nightclub and then returned to his hotel room — with the intent, she said, of continuing their conversation, according to the complaint. Simmons invited the woman to his room, claiming he had no interest in having sex. “Assured by Simmons’ lies, Jane accompanied Simmons to his room,” the suit alleges. “After entering the room, Simmons shut the door and said “I am going to f*** you.” Plaintiff said she had no intention of having sexual relations with Simmons, but he replied “I am going to f*** you or I’m going to f*** your son. You decide.”
Elsewhere in the suit, it claims that Simmons threw Doe on the bed and raped her. At least one woman saw her leave the room in tears, she alleges, and she told several others of the assault, “Therefore there is substantial independent corroboration of the horrific event,” the suit claims. The woman is seeking $10 million in damages for the assault and the emotional toll it inflicted.
At least 15 women have accused the music mogul of sexual misconduct.