By Ryan Velez
Posted July 9th 2018
RUSSELL SIMMONS AND JENNIFER JAROSIK
EURWeb reports that one part of the ongoing saga in Russell Simmons’ sexual misconduct allegations has been closed, with the mogul settling a lawsuit with one of the women who has accused him of rape.
A federal court filing says the two sides, Simmons and his accuser, Jennifer Jarosik, have agreed that the suit, filed in January, should be dismissed. It says both will bear their own attorneys’ fees but gives no other details on whether a settlement was reached. Jarosik alleged that she was raped by Simmons after trying to have sex with her when she visited his Los Angeles home in August 2016 for a meeting about a documentary she was making. She sued him for $5 million. At the time, he called the allegation “absolutely untrue,” and submitted friendly text messages between the two as a part of his legal response. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, which means that Jarosik cannot refile her allegations in court.
Messages seeking comment from Jarosik’s attorney Perry Wander were not immediately returned. Simmons’ representatives declined comment.
This is one of the many accusations of sexual misconduct against Simmons. Here is some of our previous coverage of his reactions.
“Four women spoke on the record with the New York Times accusing Simmons of a “pattern of violent sexual behavior” in incidents from 1988 to 2014. Three of those women accused him of rape. Five additional women shared their stories with the Los Angeles Times, including one other alleged rape. Simmons has spoken out and denied the accusations to the New York Times.
“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.
“I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power,” he added.
He made a similar statement to the Los Angeles Times.
“These new stories range from the patently untrue to frivolous and hurtful claims,” Simmons. I have said previously: I have never been violent or abusive to any women in any way at any time in my entire life.” By comparison, here is the statement he made in response to Lumet’s accusations, which coincided with him stepping down from his businesses:
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991,” Simmons said. “I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize.” He added, the businesses that he founded “will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward.”