Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault By 18 Women

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Russell Simmons has been accused of sexual assault by the 18th woman this week as Alexia Norton Jones shared her story with Variety.

Jones is the granddaughter to famed late book publisher W.W. Norton. The model/actress says the two went on a date in November of 1990 which ended with the Def Jam Mogul attacking her in his new apartment after saying goodbye. Jones claims he pinned her up against a wall and proceeded to rape her.

““It was such a fast attack,” she told Variety. “He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times.”

After the incident, Jones claims Simmons continued trying to pursue her by calling her and approaching her at different social events. Because they frequently ran in the same circles, they saw each other constantly. Jones says she eventually forgave Simmons for the attack.

Almost three decades later, Jones filed a police report for the attack with the New York Police Department from her home in Arizona. Though the case fell outside of New York’s statute of limitations, Jones says she wanted to stand with the other victims. She claims she’s not seeking monetary damages.

In total, the accusations against Simmons span more than three decades according to stories in The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Just some weeks ago, activist Sil Lai Abrams accused Simmons of sexually assaulting her in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Simmons adamantly denies all the allegations against him, saying that all his “relations have been consensual” and the “horrific accusations have shocked me to my core.”

“I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women; and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power. I am devastated by any reason I may have given to anyone to say or think of me in the ways that are currently being described. In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In some of these instances, financial motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been supplied to the media, which has been completely left out of stories. In the last few days, one woman attempted to extort me for $500,000 only to recant her ridiculous claim. The current allegations sent to me by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by ‘Guilty by Accusation.’”

The mogul goes on to say that he’s stepped down from his business and charities so as not to be a distraction and that he’s re-dedicated himself to spiritual learning, healing, and working.

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