Just when you thought the dust was settling, Russell Simmons is facing another rape accusation.
Alexia Norton Jones claims the Hip Hop mogul raped her in his Manhattan apartment after a date in November 1990.
Jones, who was a 31-year-old writer, model and performing artist when the alleged assault took place said, “It was such a fast attack.”
She added, “I remember being pushed up against a wall. He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times, and then I acquiesced.”
After the alleged assault, Russell still called Alexia.
“When I saw him out after that, I wouldn’t even look him in the eyes,” Jones said. “I thought he was garbage. But he still had the compunction to call me. I became very depressed. It eroded my self-esteem. This is the worst message that it sends, that somebody could in a different circumstance like you but think you are worthless. And he can just take it from you. It’s like the murder of the soul.”
Last spring, Alexia tried to file a report with the New York Police Department, but her case exceeded the statue of limitations.
She now says she has forgiven Russell for the alleged assault and she has no plans of suing him.
Alexia Norton Jones says she is sharing her story to stand with the other women who have accused Russell Simmons of rape.
Russ released the following statement:
At no time did she share these feelings about her first sexual encounter with me, which took place roughly 28 years ago. I have taken multiple lie detector tests that affirm I never sexually assaulted anyone.
Alexia and I dated, were intimate and attended multiple events together after she alleges the incident occurred in 1990. I considered her a friend for all these years and continue to have a warm relationship with members of her family.
I believe we last spoke in 2006 when she called to express her disappointment over the fact that I had not attended an event honoring her father.
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