Russell Simmons has emerged victorious in legal proceedings launched by an anonymous rape accuser.
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Per THR, a Los Angeles judge ruled in favor of the entertainment exec – ruling that the accusations of assault fell outside the statute of limitations.
The Jane Doe filed a $10 million suit in March 2018 (30 years after the alleged incident in 1988), claiming sexual battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Simmons maintained his innocence and branded the accusations as a “vile” extortion attempt.
After ample back and forth between the plaintiff and Summons the defendant, the judge wrote:
“Defendant contends that plaintiff’s claims are time-barred because plaintiff admitted the alleged incident occurred in 1988 but filed her action in 2018. This is true. As previously stated, the Court granted defendant’s motion to deem the request for admission asking plaintiff to admit that the alleged sexual battery occurred in 1988.”
The preliminary ruling was made in October and the accuser – whose attorney was disbarred for conduct in an unrelated case – was given a window of time to respond. She didn’t, as such the judge upheld the ruling in Simmons’ favor.