Russell Simmons won a bid to have his rape accuser’s $10 million lawsuit tossed out, a judge has ruled.
The alleged victim who sued anonymously under the name Jane Doe claimed that the 63-year-old hip-hop mogul raped her decades ago in a hotel room and even threatened to do the same to her son if she didn’t go along with it.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Epstein Friday granted Simmons’ motion to dismiss Jane Doe’s suit against him after she failed to respond to Epstein’s order from October siding with Simmons that the case was outside of the statute of limitations.
Epstein found that the woman’s claims were legally time-barred since she alleged the incident happened in 1988 and only filed her suit in March 2018 — roughly 28 years too late.
Epstein upheld his earlier ruling saying in his Friday order;
“Having received no response from Plaintiff during the two weeks following the entry of that minute order … judgment is hereby entered in favor of defendant, Russell Simmons.”
The alleged victim claimed that she and her elementary-school-aged son met Simmons at a Def Jam concert in Sacramento where he invited them backstage.
After later dropping her son off with a babysitter, she went with Simmons to his hotel bar and then to a night club, she claimed.
The pair then went back to his hotel room after Simmons allegedly assured her he was dating a model and wasn’t interested in anything sexual with her.
But then when she got inside his room he allegedly said “‘I am going to f–k you or I’m going to f–k your son. You decide,’” the suit claimed.