Updated: Russell Simmons's Jane Doe Lawsuit Is Not New


Update, 6:15 p.m.: The Los Angeles Times reports that the original E! News report was unsubstantiated, according to both a spokesperson for Simmons and Jane Doe’s lawyer. The filing is not part of a new lawsuit but part of ongoing litigation concerning a previous lawsuit filed in March. The money is for “dismissal sanctions and appropriate legal fees.”

Everyone knows the best way to land some great publicity is to file a sexual assault lawsuit as a Jane Doe, right?

That’s at least what Russell Simmons, accused of sexual assault by over a dozen women, thinks according to a new lawsuit. E! News reports that Simmons filed a $35,000 lawsuit on August 6 against a Jane Doe who previously sued him for $10 million back in March. The producer’s reason for suing is because he believes Doe, who is ANONYMOUS, filed her lawsuit “for purposes of publicity, which this case has garnered.”

According to Jane Doe’s initial lawsuit, she alleged that she attended a concert with her son where she was approached by Simmons. After dropping off her son with a babysitter, Doe went to a nightclub with Simmons and followed him back to his hotel because he has to pick something up. At the hotel Doe alleges Simmons raped her, which he denied by providing the fact he had taken lie detector test. E! News reports that the lawsuit was dropped due to it being past the statue of limitations.

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