(NEW YORK) — Another woman has accused Russell Simmons of rape, and once again, the media mogul has issued a denial.
Alexia Norton, granddaughter of book publisher W.W. Norton, made the accusation, Variety reports exclusively. She claims that Simmons raped her in his New York City apartment in November 1990.
“It was literally an attack,” Norton told the trade. “He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times, and then I acquiesced.”
“What made me come forward is his denials of violence toward other women,” Jones continued.” I don’t want any money from Russell.”
“Russell knew that the African-American community was behind him,” Jones continued. “There are so few black men who make it, we wanted him to succeed. Yet there was also this huge betrayal. He counted on this silence.”
Simmons issued a statement to Variety denying the accusation.
“I’m deeply saddened by this story from Alexia,” Simmons said. “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.”
Simmons also issued this statement to ABC Radio:
“I have respectfully, factually and comprehensively denied the charges of sexual violence against me. From the very first allegation in October, I have provided statements of witnesses who testified to my innocence some thirty years ago.”
As previously reported, in April, Jennifer Jarosik’s $5 million rape lawsuit against Simmons was dismissed.
The embattled music mogul still faces a $10 million lawsuit from an unidentified woman who claims Simmons raped her and also threatened her young son. Simmons denies the allegations, and called the lawsuit “pure fiction” and an attempt at extortion.
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