Russell Simmons is hitting back at a woman who accused him of rape in an attempt to recoup legal fees.
He’s suing her for $35,000.
via Page Six:
In March, a Jane Doe accuser filed a $10 million lawsuit against the disgraced Def Jam mogul, alleging that Simmons raped her in a Sacramento, California hotel room in 1988.
That lawsuit stated that Simmons, “a dangerous sex predator,” also threatened the woman prior to the rape, “I am going to f—k you … I’m going to f—k you or I’m going to f—k your son. You decide.”
“[Doe] was shocked that Simmons would threaten her – let alone threaten to rape her young son. Simmons threw her on the bed and raped her,” the lawsuit claimed.
However, the lawsuit was ultimately dismissed because the statute of limitations of when the alleged rape occurred had passed, The Blast reports.
On Monday, Simmons countersued the Jane Doe to reclaim the over $34,000 in legal fees that the dismissed lawsuit — which Simmons called “outrageous and fictional” — incurred.
Simmons also accused Jane Doe of filing the lawsuit for the “purposes of publicity, which this case has garnered.”
Representatives for both Simmons and Doe did not respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.
Over a dozen women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Simmons, who has denied any wrongdoing in each case.
“I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me,” Simmons said in an oft-repeated statement. “They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?’ I passed all of the lie detector tests.”
It’s not like Russell can’t afford the legal fees — so this is most definitely him trying to make a statement.