Judge Dismisses Russell Simmons 2018 Rape Lawsuit

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A rape lawsuit filed in 2018 against Russell Simmons has been dismissed by a judge.

According to the judge, the case falls outside the statute of limitations.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Epstein said the suit was filed at least four years too late.

"Having received no response from Plaintiff during the two weeks following the entry of that minute order; it is ordered, adjudged, and decreed that judgment is hereby entered in favor of Defendant, Russell Simmons, an individual as to Plaintiff's entire Complaint," the ruling said.

According to the $10 million suit, accused Simmons allegedly threatened the woman's son if she didn't have sex with him before, then allegedly forcibly raping the woman in a Sacramento hotel room.

Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women. He has denied all of the allegations against him, calling Jane Doe's claims against him a "vile" extortion attempt.

Simmons was the focus of an HBO documentary earlier this year. On the Record, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January, features Drew Dixon and her fellow accusers Sil Lai Abrams and Sheri Sher -- who all shared their alleged experiences of sexual assault and rape at the hands of Simmons.