By Prince Etim
Legendary American music exec and former co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons has been accused by yet another woman of sexual assault. In a new Variety report, Alexia Norton Jones has joined her voice with at least of 18 other women who have accused Simmons of rape in the last one year.
Jones, who was 31 when she said the incident happened in 1990, said she went on a date with Simmons and became suspicious when the two started kissing in his New York apartment when the date ended.
‘There was something about kissing him, his heart was racing. It seemed out of pace like he wasn’t relaxed. My mind went to, ‘Is he on something?’” she said. “I also thought, ‘How could I be such an idiot?’ Here I am, I’m trusting him. I had been a survivor of sexual abuse as a young teenager. I didn’t want to go further. It was such a fast attack.. He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times, and then I acquiesced. It was very fast. I would say it happened in less than 10 minutes, ‘ she told the magazine.
Although she understands that the case is now out of the statute of limitations, she says she filed a complaint against him as a sign of solidarity with the other women who have accused Simmons of varying degrees of sexual assault.
The hiphop mogul, however, denies the claim, providing a statement published in the report where he insists that their sexual relations were consensual.
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. 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.’