Russell Simmons Settles Rape Lawsuit with Accuser

An aspiring documentary filmmaker sued the mogul in January alleging sexual assault

If you recall, Jarosik had previously filed the lawsuit after publicly accusing Simmons in January of sexually assaulting her several times from 2011 to 2016 and sought $5 million in damages. She claims he physically overpowered her when she refused sex. She claims Simmons then "pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her". That second claim, however, falls outside the statute of limitations.

In a message a few weeks after the 2016 incident, she wrote, "Sending love". Simmons denies all accusations of sexual assault and claims to have passed multiple lie detector tests regarding the accusations.

"Only after hearing that women were able to recover money for real abuse by actual sexual predators, did Ms Jarosik decide to see if she could extract large amounts of money from Mr. Simmons", his attorney wrote. It was dismissed with prejudice ... meaning she can't refile. Lawsuits dismissed with prejudice without a stated reason are often done so due to settlements. In other words, the lawsuit being dismissed without prejudice means that Jarosik can not refile the case one the same grounds.

Five other women have come forward publicly and said Simmons raped them in the 1980s or 1990s, including three who made the allegations in a New York Times story in December.

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