Russell Simmons is responding to the Jane Doe accusing him of fleeing the country to allegedly avoid a prosecution for sexual assault, and reveals that he plans on touching back down on U.S. soil shortly.
A spokesperson for Simmons tells The Blast, “The anonymous accuser’s assertion that Mr. Simmons is hiding out in Bali, a country that does not have any extradition treaty with the United States, is false, as are her other accusations against Mr. Simmons, which she claims took place 31 years ago.”
As we reported, the woman suing the ex-Def Jam CEO believes he has fled to Indonesia in the midst of sexual assault accusations from multiple women.
Simmons’ rep says, “The accusation that Mr. Simmons has traveled to Bali many times over the years, but in the midst of multiple accusations last year, has not yet returned is also false.” He adds, “The fact is Mr. Simmons has been in and out of the United States six times in the last year and will be back for his child’s graduation.”
Simmons has denied all of the allegations made by his accusers, but has claimed to be on a journey of enlightenment in Indonesia. He’s also been continuing his studies in yoga.
The Jane Doe who sued Simmons has not identified herself, but his spokesperson claims to know who she is, and says, “The accuser, who has been convicted of a crime, is hoping to hit the lottery in this case, asking at least $10 million based on these false allegations.”