Another woman has come forward claiming that she was sexually assaulted by former rap impresario Russell Simmons. Alexia Norton Jones, granddaughter of late book publisher W.W. Norton and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. attorney/speechwriter Clarence Jones, claims in an interview with Variety that at the end of a date with Simmons in November 1990, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder invited her to see his new Manhattan apartment, where she claims he then pinned her against a wall and raped her.
"It was such a fast attack. He pulled my dress up. I must have said 'no' seven to 10 times," she told Variety. After leaving the apartment upset and in shock, Jones, then a 31-year-old aspiring model and actress, said that Simmons kept calling her and pursuing her at social events; Simmons was reportedly friendly with Jones' father. Though she said she forgave Simmons after several years, Jones, who now lives in Arizona, filed a police report with the NYPD in the spring.
Russell Simmons attends the Argyleculture By Russell Simmons show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Helen Mills Event Space on Sept. 5, 2014 in New York City.
The incident is outside the statute of limitations for felony prosecution in New York, but Jones said she decided to file in order to stand in solidarity with the more than a dozen women who have accused Simmons of sexual assault or rape to date. Simmons has denied all the allegations and stepped away from the daily management of his companies.
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