Def Jam co-founder, Russell Simmons, has been drahhed to court in a messy $5 million suit over alleged rape by an aspiring filmmaker.
According to the alleged victim, Jennifer Jarosik, the music mogul had invited her over to his house on the pretext that they would discuss business relating to a documentary project but she was surprisingly attacked and raped by him.
In the court documents dated Wednesday, January 24, filed with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the accuser, Jennifer Jarosik, stated that she was a friend of Simmons in New York city in 2006.
She added that they both shared “love and passion for meditation, yoga and a vegan diet” adding that she trusted him due to his “reputation as a spiritually conscious person” and his promise to help her make her film.
On the day of the incident which occured in 2016, Jarosik said Simmons asked to have sex to which she replied “No.”
She proceeded to narrate how he later got aggressive with her, pushed her onto his bed causing her to hit her head as she struggled to get him off her.
She claimed that Simmons “pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her.
“When she refused, she said he became aggressive, pushed her onto his bed, knocked her off the bed, hit her in the head, and raped her.”
Jarosik further revealed that she told only a few friends about the incident and felt it was “partially her fault since she was not strong enough to resist.”
However, upon seeing multiple other women accuse Simmons of sexual harassment and rape, she contacted him — to which, according to the suit, he replied pretending it never happened.
The suit, coming after Simmons had earlier faced 4 of such charges stated: “Defendant 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, with their careers in jeopardy if they resist the sexual overtures of these powerful men.”
Jarosik’s attorney, Perry C. Wander, added: “It’s time that the hip hop industry face the music and recognize that the deep rooted history of misogyny and discrimination against women in the music industry has to come to an end. #TimesUp,” he said in a statement.
“It’s not enough to apologize and step away from your business, convert a yoga studio to a nonprofit and still draw a salary and be worth $500 million and do nothing but apologize.
As James Franco said, ‘if I need to make restitution I’ll do that.’”
Wander continued: “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.”
Jarosik stated that the assault made her “sick, sore, lame, disabled and disordered, both internally and externally” adding that she suffered from “extreme emotional distress.”
Russel Simmons in response stated: “This allegation is absolutely untrue. I look forward to having my day in court – where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known.
In the meantime, please understand that I will not litigate this matter in the media. I am confident that when all is said and all is done, it will be as clear to others as it is to me that I did not do what this lawsuit accuses me of doing.”