An aspiring filmmaker’s $5 million rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons has been dropped.
Months after Jennifer Jarosik sued the hip-hop mogul, attorneys for both parties have signed a stipulation for dismissal, according to documents obtained by Page Six on Wednesday.
Jarosik claimed in her January lawsuit that Simmons “pounced on her” when she shut down his request to have sex at his Los Angeles home in 2016. She said Simmons invited her there when she moved to LA, a decade after first meeting him.
“Mr. Simmons practices meditation, yoga and is a long time vegan practicing non violence against animals,” Jarosik’s lawyer, Perry Wander, told Page Six in a statement in January. “So basically he treats animals better than women.”
Simmons has maintained that his relationship with Jarosik was consensual.
“This allegation is absolutely untrue,” Simmons said in a statement released to Page Six in January. “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.”
News of Jarosik’s lawsuit came amid sexual misconduct accusations by other women — including one person who sued him for $10 million in March — leading him to launch a failed #NotMe campaign in his defense.
“I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me,” he said in March. “They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women.”
Attorneys for Simmons and Jarosik did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
SOURCE: Page Six – Christine Burroni and Chelsea Hirsch