After filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik filed a $5 million lawsuit against Russell Simmons alleging rape, the mogul is firing back with a suit of his own.
Simmons claims that despite Jarosik’s claims that he tried to have sex with her against her will in her home in Los Angeles, she actually sent him affectionate texts and “unsolicited nude photos” following the 2016 encounter, according to documents obtained by TMZ Wednesday, April 4.
Jarosik’s January filing stated, “Simmons got aggressive and pushed Plaintiff [Jarosik] on his bed” during a time they had intercourse.
“Plaintiff tried to force Defendant to stay away from her and in doing so, Defendant knocked Plaintiff off his bed, and Plaintiff hit her head and then Defendant pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her,” it said.
However, docs from Simmons, who denied the “horrific accusations” the accuser made, state Jarosik had been a casual acquaintance of his for more than a decade and when they did have sex, it was consensual.
Aside from the texts and photos, the Rush Communication CEO alleged Jarosik, who docs say publicly claimed Simmons sexually assaulted her in 2011 but that she hadn’t mentioned it to the involved parties, has a “propensity to exaggerate” and “untreated mental health issues.” Additionally, the claim she is “unfit to properly parent” her young son.
The papers also claim that Jarosik decided “to see if she could extract large amounts of money from Mr. Simmons” only after hearing of women who have been awarded financial judgments following sexual assault allegations during the #MeToo movement.
In response to the allegations, Perry C. Wander, Jarosik’s attorney, told TMZ, “Ms. Jarosik is a loving mother and a good parent and her parenting abilities have no relevance in this matter.”
Simmons demands a trial by jury in the case.