Crime & Justice

Sides agree to drop rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons attends the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill in this July 18, 2015 file photo.
Russell Simmons attends the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill in this July 18, 2015 file photo.
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A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her is being dropped.

A federal court filing Wednesday says the two sides have agreed that the suit, filed in January, should be dismissed. It says both will bear their own attorneys' fees, but gives no other details on whether a settlement was reached.

Jennifer Jarosik alleged Simmons raped her after trying to have sex with her when she visited his Los Angeles home in August 2016 for a meeting about a documentary she was making.

Simmons called the allegation "absolutely untrue," and in his legal response submitted friendly text messages he said Jarosik had later sent him.

Messages seeking comment from Jarosik's attorney Perry Wander were not immediately returned. Simmons' representatives declined comment.