Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by Granddaughter of Book Publisher W.W. Norton

Russell Simmons

Another woman has accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of rape, adding to at least a dozen allegations against him since last year. The latest accuser, Alexia Norton Jones, said in a largely first-person account published by Variety on Tuesday that Simmons attacked her when they went to see his new Manhattan apartment on a ‏first date in 1990.

“He pulled my dress up. I must have said no seven to 10 times, and then I acquiesced,” said Jones, a granddaughter of the founders of the publishing house W.W. Norton and a daughter of lawyer and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. confidant Clarence B. Jones.

“I was a gem,” she said. “And he turned me into dirt.” Simmons said he and Jones dated and attended several events together later.

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