A civil lawsuit has been filed against rap mogul Russell Simmons for allegedly raping filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik in August 2016. Jarosik is seeking $5 million in damages, claiming that Simmons allegedly got aggressive after she refused to have sex with him. In a statement to Billboard, Jarosik’s attorney, Perry C. Wander, said the case against Simmons is emblematic of a systemic problem in the music industry: “It’s time that the hip hop industry face the music and recognize that the deep rooted history of misogyny and discrimination against women in the music industry has to come to an end.”
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