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Russell Simmons is taking legal action against a woman who accused him of rape and her lawyer.
In legal documents obtained by E! News, the music producer requests that the woman listed as Jane Doe pay him $35,000 in legal reparations after accusing him of rape, "for purposes of publicity, which this case has garnered." The case in which the woman sought $10 million was eventually thrown out since the statute of limitations has passed, but Simmons claims her actions were "baseless and was filled for an improper purpose." Furthermore, "the plaintiff had 21 days to withdraw the suit, after which, by statute, Simmons' lawyers filed for dismissal, sanctions and appropriate legal fees," according to Mr. Simmons' spokesperson, Angela Pruitt.
Aside from the money, the music mogul requests that the judge impose sanctions against the attorney representing Jane Doe, Mr. Mastroianni, since the lawyer and plaintiff "falsely suggests in her opposition… that Mr. Simmons is somehow more culpable here because the law firm that represents him in this action also has represented Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein."