Russell Simmons has been accused of rape by a girl who claims she bonded with the Def Jam founder over their love of “meditation, yoga and a vegan weight-reduction plan.”
Jennifer Jarosik, 37, filed a lawsuit towards Simmons Wednesday through which she accused him of raping her in August 2016.
Jarosik claimed within the submitting that she met Simmons in 2006 in New York and that he agreed to be interviewed for her documentary about feminine empowerment, which he additionally supplied to co-produce and finance.
In August 2016, Jarosik claims Simmons invited her to his Los Angeles residence, the place he requested her to have intercourse. She allegedly declined.
“Mr. Simmons acquired aggressive and pushed (Jarosik) on his mattress,” the lawsuit claims.
She claims she tried to pressure him to “keep away from her” and he retaliated by knocked her up and about, at which level she allegedly hit her head.
Simmons then “pounced on her whereas she was nonetheless in shock and concern, and proceeded to rape her,” based on the lawsuit.
Jarosik claims that she instructed only a few individuals, however didn’t confront the hip-hop mogul till she heard comparable tales from different girls, together with some who have been 18 on the time of the alleged assault.
Simmons allegedly denied her accusations.
“Mr. Simmons practices meditation, yoga and is a very long time vegan training non-violence towards animals,” Jarosik’s lawyer, Perry Wander, instructed the Each day Information.
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“So mainly he treats animals higher than girls. The hypocrisy has to cease now.”
Jarosik is suing for $5 million in damages, which Wander estimated at 1% of his web value.
Her lawsuit additionally accuses Simmons of perpetuating the “sexual exploitation of ladies (that) is pervasive within the hip hop and music trade tradition,” in addition to the “deep-rooted historical past of misogyny and discrimination towards girls.”
“That is the eighth courageous lady that has stepped ahead to make her story of sexual assault and exploitation identified,” Wander instructed The Information.
“It is a sample of conduct that may be launched in courtroom.”
At the least a dozen girls have accused Simmons of rape or sexual assault, together with two who got here ahead in December.
NYPD is investigating a number of allegations towards him.
Simmons has repeatedly denied the accusations towards him, claiming he’s dedicating himself to religious studying and therapeutic.