The granddaughter of the late book publisher W.W. Norton has accused entrepreneur Russell Simmons of raping her. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Alexia Norton Jones says the attack happened when they were on a date in November 1990.
“She recalls that they had a pleasant night out, which ended with the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings inviting her to see his new apartment in downtown Manhattan. There, Jones says, Simmons pinned her against a wall and raped her,” The Post reports.
Jones is quoted telling Variety: “It was such a fast attack. He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times.”
The Post adds: “After she left, distraught and in shock, Jones claims that Simmons continued to pursue her, calling her at home and approaching her at social events. Jones, a 31-year-old aspiring model and actress at the time … was in the same social circle as Simmons. And Simmons was a friend of Jones’ father, Clarence Jones, who had served as an attorney and speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr. After some years had passed, Jones forgave Simmons.”
But Jones reportedly filed a police report with the NYPD last spring in which she detailed the incident.
“Although her case fell outside the statute of limitations in New York for felonies, she wanted to stand with the other alleged victims of abuse by the music mogul and producer,” The Post reports.