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Alexia Norton Jones, grand daughter of the late book publisher W.W. Norton, claims that she went on a date with Russell Simmons in  November 1990 and afterwards he invited her back to his apartment in lower Manhattan. Once they got back to his place, Simmons pinned Jones to the wall and raped her. In an interview with Variety, Jones said, “It was such a fast attack—He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times.”

Jones was a 31 year old aspiring model and mingled in the same social circles as Simmons. Jones claims that over time, she’s forgiven him. Jones filed a police report last spring, even though it had been almost 30 years after the alleged incident. Jones said she wanted to stand in support of other women who have accused Simmons of rape.

Variety was also able to get a statement from Simmons who said, “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.”

source – variety

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