Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

A lawsuit that accused Russell Simmons, the music mogul, of rape has ended with a finding that it was filed too late under California’s statute of limitations.

A 2018 lawsuit that accused Russell Simmons of rape is over after the judge in the case ruled the anonymous woman’s complaint was filed after the statute of limitations had expired.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Mark H. Epstein ruled in favor of Simmons, the hip-hop mogul, last week, after the woman acknowledged that the sexual assault she described in court papers had taken place in 1988, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original deadline to submit a claim in the case was 1990, the judge said. The woman’s lawyers had argued that the deadline should be extended because Mr. Simmons lived outside the state of California for a period of years, but the judge ruled that, even in that instance, it had expired in 2014.

The $10 million suit against Simmons, 63, was brought in March 2018 by a Jane Doe, who alleged that he had raped her in his Sacramento hotel room after a concert. In a statement to Billboard at the time, Simmons “vehemently” denied the accusation.

He has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women, some of whom also have accused him of raping them. He has denied all the accounts, which began surfacing in late 2017, at the start of the #MeToo movement. Simmons, a co-founder of Def Jam records, stepped down from his companies shortly thereafter.

This year, an HBO documentary, “On the Record,” followed several of Simmons’ accusers, who detail their allegations of harassment and assault and describe the toll on their lives.

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