Over the last six months, several women have accused Russell Simmons of various levels of sexual misconduct. One unidentified woman known only as “Jane Doe,” sued the Def Jam founder for $10M this March after alleging the mogul raped her in 1988. Simmons previously called the allegation, “a work of pure fiction,” and is now counter-suing the woman for wasting his time and money.
In legal documents obtained by E! News, Simmons requests the accuser pay him $35,000 in legal reparations after accusing him of rape, “for purposes of publicity, which this case has garnered.”
Although her $10M suit against the businessman was eventually dismissed due to the statute of limitations, Simmons claims her actions were still “baseless and was filled for an improper purpose.”
Simmons refuted her claims in a statement last April:
“I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.