By Naeisha Rose
Last week another woman came forward to accuse Hollis hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of allegedly raping her and causing her emotional distress in a civil suit asking for $10 million in damages.
Attorney Albert Douglas Mastroianni filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of his client who wanted to remain anonymous as “Jane Doe.”
In the suit, the former New Jersey resident said that she recently moved to L.A. with her elementary school-aged son, who was a fan of artists from Def Jam, Simmons’ music label.
Def Jam has produced music by performers such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Queens artists like LL Cool J, Run-DMC and 50 Cent.
In her suit Jane Doe said that after she took her son to a rap and hip-hop concert, Simmons noticed them in the crowd and invited them backstage to meet artists.
After the meet-and-greet she dropped her son at home with a babysitter and he allegedly invited Jane Doe to an after party at the now defunct Clarion hotel and then the Coco Palms nightclub.
Simmons then allegedly tricked her into coming to his hotel room at the Clarion by saying that he had to retrieve an item there and invited her.
Despite her reluctance, Simmons allegedly said he was not interested in a sexual relationship with her because he was dating a famous model.
Once in the room, Simmons allegedly locked the door shut behind her and said, “I am going to f–k you or I’m going to f–k your son. You decide.”
Jane Doe said she was shocked and felt threatened by Simmons and what he could do to her son and alleged that he threw her on the bed and raped her.
In the suit filed by Mastroianni, at least one person witnessed the alleged victim leave the hotel room in tears and Jane Doe told several people about the assault at the time that it happened.
The suit said, “Jane Doe did not consent to any sexual contact with Simmons” and that his “conduct was malicious and oppressive, justifying an award.”
The names of eight of his previous alleged sexual assault victims were also mentioned in the suit as an indication of his history as an alleged predator.
Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose