Russell Simmons Accuser Details Alleged Rape
Jennifer Jarosik is detailing two rape allegations against Russell Simmons. The filmmaker says that both instances occurred in 2011 and 2016. On her relationship with him, she explains,
Russell was a friend of mine…he was a mentor. I looked up to him. I had great tremendous amount of respect for him at the time.
She says Simmons agreed to do an interview for her documentary in New York City. She claims that after the interview, he asked the director to leave the room as he wanted to speak with her privately.
He started to kiss me and then he raped me. I tried to force him off, but it happened so quickly I think I just froze.
Despite the rape, she says they maintained a working relationship.
I feel that I was weak in some ways. I feel like I depended upon him possibly to help with my film and also he was a friend, so I kind of blamed myself. I’m also very forgiving. He was a friend, so I feel that I wanted to give him another chance.
She also recalls another alleged incident in 2016. Jarosik says he pushed her and forced himself on top of her during a meeting at his house in Los Angeles.
I hit my head this time. I left crying.
Jarosik says Simmons later called her “out of the blue” and told her it was time to promote something like her documentary film. She explains,
I was shocked and I was conflicted obviously because of what had happened to me.
She says that as women came forward with allegations against him, she texted him and he allegedly called her back.
He said, ‘My life is being threatened and I’m deeply hurt by everything that’s happening right now’.
When he denied the allegations, Jarosik says she told him about what he had done to her. She alleges he called her a friend, said he wanted to help and asked her what she needed. She said she was trying to finish her film and could use funding for it, to which he said he would use his social media to support the film and call a producer for her.
He did do that and I did speak with the producer and then I never heard from him again.
She has filed a $5 million lawsuit against him. Simmons denies her allegations stating,
I look forward to having my day in court-where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known. I did not do what this lawsuit accuses me of doing…The current allegations range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful. What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done.
Jarosik joins a list of women who have accused Simmons of rape or sexual assault. Simmons maintains his innocence.