Russell Simmons has denied claims he raped a filmmaker at his home in Los Angeles a day after she launched a civil lawsuit against the rap mogul.
Jennifer Jasorik filed suit on Wednesday in Los Angeles, accusing Simmons of forcing her to have sex with him after inviting her to his home in 2016 for an interview.
The music producer addressed the claims on Thursday, insisting he’s innocent.
“I am confident that when all is said and all is done, it will be as clear to others as it is to me that I did not do what this lawsuit accuses me of doing,” the 60-year-old said in a statement.
Jasorik is seeking $5 million in punitive damages plus other unspecified damages.
Nine women have accused the Def Jam co-founder of sexual misconduct dating back to 1983, sparking a New York police investigation