Another woman has come forward claiming she was raped by music mogul Russell Simmons.
Alexia Norton Jones, the granddaughter of book publisher W.W. Norton, says the incident occurred in 1990. Jones’ claim brings the count of women who say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by Simmons to over a dozen.
But just who is Alexia Norton Jones? Why might her name sound familiar? Read on to find out.
1. She Claims That Simmons Raped Her in 1990
GettyRussell Simmons attends Netflix’s Def Comedy Jam 25 special event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on September 10, 2017.
After a date with Russell Simmons in 1990, Alexia Norton Jones says the music mogul invited her to his apartment. There, she says, he “pinned her against a wall and raped her.”
Speaking to Variety, Jones said, “It was such a fast attack… He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times.”
In response to Jones’ claims, Simmons issued a statement to Variety that read, “I’m deeply saddened by this story from Alexia… At no time did she share these feelings about her first sexual encounter with me, which took place roughly 28 years ago. I have taken multiple lie detector tests that affirm I never sexually assaulted anyone. Alexia and I dated, were intimate and attended multiple events together after she alleges the incident occurred in 1990. I considered her a friend for all these years and continue to have a warm relationship with members of her family. I believe we last spoke in 2006 when she called to express her disappointment over the fact that I had not attended an event honoring her father.”
2. She Says She Is Not Seeking Any Monetary Damages
GettyKimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons arrive to the Alicia Keys Honored At “Bright Lights” Philanthropic Arts Foundation at Russell Simmons’s estate on July 30, 2005 in East Hampton, New York.
According to Variety, Jones is not seeking monetary damages. Rather, she “wanted to stand with the other alleged victims of abuse by the music mogul and producer.”
Jones filed a police report with the NYPD last spring, but her case did not fall within the states of limitations.
Although Simmons said he and Jones dated, the latter says they were never in a relationship.
3. Her Father Was Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speechwriter
Jones’ father, Clarence Jones, was both a good friend and the lawyer to Martin Luther King Jr.
On top of that, he was a speechwriter and was an “integral” part in writing King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech”, according to NBC 12 News.
4. She Is a Model and Actress
Forty-Six years ago today the world changed when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Let’s pause and remember Non-violence and peace.
— AlexiA (@literarymentor) April 4, 2014
At the time when the alleged rape took place, Jones was 31, and an actress and model, according to Variety.
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