Russell Simmons is accused of inviting an aspiring filmmaker to his house under the guise of financing her project, only to allegedly “pounce” and rape her, and now she’s suing for $5 million.
According to documents, obtained by The Blast, Russell Simmons has “historically thrived on the sexual exploitation of young women trying to break into the entertainment and music industry, in which young female artists are falsely promised opportunities and advancement by experienced and well-established men in power in the industry.”
Jennifer Jarosik alleges she first met the Def Jam founder in 2006 in NYC after they connected over a mutual “love and passion for meditation, yoga and a vegan diet.” Jarosik claims that Simmons agreed to be interviewed for a documentary she was working on.
She says Simmons agreed to co-produce, finance and assist on the documentary, which was titled “Goddesses” and focused on empowering women.
Jarosik says she later moved to Los Angeles, and in August 2016 was invited by Simmons to come to his Beverly Hills home. She says upon arriving, Simmons bluntly asked if they could have sex, to which she says she replied “no.”
Jarosik says Simmons “got aggressive” and pushed her onto his bed. She claims while trying to keep Simmons away from her, he knocked her off his bed and she hit her head. While still in “shock and fear,” Jarosik claims Simmons “pounced on her” and “proceeded to rape her.”
Jarosik claims to have disclosed the incident to a few friends, but “felt somehow it was partially her fault since she was not strong enough to resist.” She says that after other women began coming forward with similar stories of assault and harassment by the mogul, she contacted him. Simmons allegedly “pretended it never happened” when contacted by Jarosik.
In the documents, Simmons is also accused of contributing to the “sexual exploitation of women” in hip-hop, and states that Jarosik hopes the “Hip Hop industry faces the music and recognizes that the deep-rooted history of misogyny and discrimination against women in the music industry has come to an end, now.” Jarosik is seeking $5,000,000 in damages.
Her formidable attorney, Perry Wander, says “Mr. Simmons practices meditation, yoga and is a long time vegan practicing non violence against animals. So basically he treats animals better than women. The hypocrisy has to stop now.”
As if to add one more dig against Simmons … “#TimesUp” is written in bold at the end of several pages of the lawsuit.
Simmons, who has denied all allegations of sexual assault and rape, has now been accused of sexual misconduct by 8 different women.