The #metoo movement has been the awakening that everyone needed and it has continued to raise awareness and persecute those who should be held responsible for grievous actions. A certain Trump may have recently spoken in bad manner about the movement but that has yet to stop the truth from coming out. In fact, Pitchfork has released an article that states in which Alexia Jones has come out accusing Russell Simmons of sexual assault. Now, over the year this has not been the first accusation towards Russell Simmons from his past actions. Jones states in an interview with Variety that she was raped by Simmons in November of 1990. 31 years old at the time of the accusation, Jones has voiced that she decided to file a police report this past spring so as to stand with the other alleged victims of Russell Simmons. The case, however, fell outside the statute of limitations for the state of New York. This case, as Jone states, is not about the money, but rather to support the others as well as the #metoo movement as a whole.
Jones met Simmons in the middle of the 1980s as she was an executive assistant for Inter City Broadcast Corporation. Later in the decade the two would spend time together, but in a manner of friendship. Jones says in the interview that Simmons was able to get her number and would proceed to call her “seven or eight times a day.” When talking about the alleged attack she states that “ I didn’t want it to go further. It was such a fast attack. It was literally an attack. Because he was overweight, I remembers thinking it was like being attacked by a flabby walrus. I remembered being pushed up against a wall. 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.”
In response to this statement, Simmons has released a statement in which he denies the allegations. He writes,
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.”
Jones has denied ever dating Russell Simmons and her very own therapist has confirmed that Jones approached her about this alleged assault in the early 1990’s.