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Sexual assault lawsuit against Russell Simmons is dismissed

By | Published on Monday 30 April 2018

Russell Simmons

One of the lawsuits filed against Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons over allegations of sexual assault was dismissed last week at the request of both parties.

A number of women made allegations of sexual assault against Simmons late last year as the #MeToo movement gained momentum. Jennifer Jarosik then went legal in January, accusing the music industry veteran of assaulting her at his home in LA after she met him there to discuss a documentary project.

That lawsuit was dismissed last week at the agreement of lawyers working for both Jarosik and Simmons. It’s not known if a settlement was reached, but the case was dismissed “with prejudice”, meaning no new litigation in relation to the allegations can be filed in the future.

Simmons has denied all the allegations made against him to date. A second lawsuit was filed last month in the LA Country Superior Court in which an unnamed woman also accused Simmons of rape. He has called the claims in that legal filing “a work of pure fiction”, while requesting that the lawsuit be dismissed on the grounds that it exceeds the so called statute of limitations.