Back in 2017, Russell Simmons’ longstanding legacy was challenged after a female screenwriter came forward with allegations of sexual assault. The woman detailed the allegations in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, which in turn, sparked an influx of new claims of sexual misconduct and lawsuits against Simmons.
Although Simmons denied the claims and even took a lie detector test to prove his innocence, the hip-hop mogul traveled to Indonesia for spiritual enlightenment in the midst of the legal drama. But now, according to The Blast, a woman, who accused Simmons of raping her in 1988, is accusing Simmons of trying to avoid prosecution in the case.
In docs obtained by the publication, the woman, who’s listed as Jane Doe, says Simmons “fled to Indonesia which has no extradition treaty with the United States in an apparent attempt to protect himself.” She says she planned to depose Simmons in the case, but now, “it is unlikely he will return to the United States to be deposed in this case and face arrest and imprisonment.”
However, Simmons says that is not the case. In fact, according to the Blast, Simmons says he has plans to return very soon.
“The anonymous accuser’s assertion that Mr. Simmons is hiding out in Bali, a country that does not have any extradition treaty with the United States, is false, as are her other accusations against Mr. Simmons, which she claims took place 31 years ago.”
“The accusation that Mr. Simmons has traveled to Bali many times over the years, but in the midst of multiple accusations last year, has not returned is also false. The fact is Mr. Simmons has been in and out of the United States six times in the last year and will be back for his child’s graduation,” the rep continued, adding, “The accuser, who has been convicted of a crime, is hoping to hit the lottery in this case, asking at least $10 million based on these false allegations.”