UPDATE: According to Billboard, Russell Simmons has been accused of rape in a $5 million lawsuit.
Billboard obtained court documents (that you can read here), filed yesterday with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that allege Simmons raped Jennifer Jarosik at his Los Angeles home in 2016. An aspiring filmmaker, Jarosik had come to his house under the pretext of discussing a documentary project. In the documents, Jarosik states that she trusted him because of his "reputation as a spiritual conscious person."
According to the allegations, Simmons asked Jarosik to have sex and when she declined, he allegedly became aggressive and pushed her on his bed, which caused her to hit her head. Then, according to Jarosik's allegations, Simmons "pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her." Simmons has yet to release a statement on this allegation.
Simmons has previously been accused of rape by 4 women, as reported by The New York Times and the LA Times. Read our original story on those allegations below.
New allegations of sexual misconduct and rape against Russell Simmons have emerged following reports in The New York Times and the LA Times.
The New York Times article, which you can read in full here, details three allegations of rape against the former music producer. The incidents span from 1988 to 2014.
Former Def Jam executive Drew Dixon alleges Simmons sexual harassed her in the workplace, before raping her in 1995. Performer Tina Baker alleges that Simmons, who was her manager at the time, raped her in the early '90s. Music journalist Toni Sallie alleges that Simmons raped her in 1988.
In the LA Times report, which you can read here, singer Sherri Hines alleges that Simmons raped her in his office around 1983 when she was 17 or 18 years old.
The report also includes allegations of sexual misconduct. Actress Natashia Williams-Blach alleges that in 1996, when she was 18 years old, Simmons tried to force her to perform oral sex. Massage therapist Erin Beattie alleges that during a massage in Seattle's Alexis Hotel in 2005, Simmons exposed himself, and asked her to touch his penis. Lisa Kirk alleges that around 1988 Simmons assaulted her, throwing her into a bathroom wall and taking out his penis.
These reports come after two previous accusations of sexual misconduct against Simmons. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who was the first to come forward with allegations, said in a statement in November that Simmons—along with Brett Ratner—sexually harassed and assaulted her when she was 17 years old.
In The Hollywood Reporter, actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet wrote that Simmons sexually violated her. After Lumet's article, Simmons announced that he was stepping down from all his companies to "commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening."
Simmons denies all nine of the new allegations. “I vehemently deny all these allegations,” he said in a statement sent to USA TODAY by his rep, Steve Elzer. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”
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