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Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape In $10 Million Lawsuit

Russell Simmons Accused Of Rape In $10 Million Lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Russell Simmons has been hit with a $10 million lawsuit by a woman who claims Simmons raped her at a hip-hop concert.

The plaintiff alleges she was approached by Simmons at a concert she was attending with her son, who was in elementary school at the time. The Def Jam mogul allegedly invited them backstage to meet the artists then invited her to his hotel room for an after-party after she dropped her son off with a babysitter, according to the Los Angeles Times. Once in his room, the plaintiff claims Simmons said, “I’m going to [expletive] you” and when she declined alleged said, “I’m going to [expletive] you or I’m going to [expletive] your son.”

She claims Simmons then threw her on the bed and raped her, adding that at least one witness saw her leave in tears, and told others of the incident.

The lawsuit, filed March 23 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, doesn’t identify the plaintiff, nor discloses the date or city of the alleged incident, according to the Times.

“I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women,” Simmons said in the statement to the paper. “I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”

Last year, Simmons stepped down from his concerns after multiple allegations, including from screenwriter Jenny Lumet and model Keri Claussen Khalighi, were raised against him.

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