There’s an old Public Enemy song called Burn Hollywood Burn that comes to mind whenever I think about all of the sexual misconduct allegations taking place right now. Bill Cosby is currently on trial. Harvey Weinstein has a Soul Train line full of accusers ready to throw that ass in the clink. And Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has also been accused by quite a few women for the same crime. Now one of his accusers, filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, has decided to drop her lawsuit against him.
Jennifer, one of over a dozen women who have accused Russell of becoming the octopus with eight hands, filed the suit back in January. She alleges that she was invited to Russell’s home to discuss his assistance with a possible documentary, and Russell became aggressive with her after she tried to remind him that no means no. The suit had been pending but now, according to the LA Times, it’s been completely dismissed with no further information given as of now.
A federal lawsuit accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of raping a documentary filmmaker in 2016 was dismissed Wednesday.
The $5-million suit, filed in January by Jennifer Jarosik, was dismissed by agreement from Jarosik’s and Simmons’ attorneys. No reason was given in the court filing for the agreement to dismiss the case “with prejudice,” meaning the suit can’t be filed again.
But Russell’s legal troubles are far from over as he still has a $10 million lawsuit pending from last month by a woman named “Jane Doe” who alleges he forced himself on her after a concert back in 1988. And as far as Jennifer’s case is concerned, the LA Times’ attempts to reach out to both parties for more information proved futile. I can only assume that Russell pulled out that bottomless checkbook of his behind closed doors and kept adding zeros until Jennifer and her lawyer said, “Ok”. But who can really blame her. Who would want to look at Russell’s face court.