While Jones, the granddaughter of book publisher W.W. Norton, has said she has forgiven Simmons, is not trying to sue him and has decided to share her story to stand with the more than one dozen women who have accused Simmons of sexual misconduct, harassment and rape.
The incident is said to have happened when Simmons asked to show her his new apartment. “Within a few minutes, he got what he thought was amorous,” Jones recalled. “What was shocking to me was that it wasn’t. It was one of these things, where he had so many hands on me…. It began with us kissing. There was something about kissing him, his heart was racing.”
In a statement to Variety, where the news was originally broken, Simmons said:
“At no time did she share these feelings about her first sexual encounter with me, which took place roughly 28 years ago. I have taken multiple lie detector tests that affirm I never sexually assaulted anyone. Alexia and I dated, were intimate and attended multiple events together after she alleges the incident occurred in 1990. I considered her a friend for all these years and continue to have a warm relationship with members of her family. I believe we last spoke in 2006 when she called to express her disappointment over the fact that I had not attended an event honoring her father.”
A representative for Simmons also shared a statement from the mogul’s driver, Kenneth L. Jennings, who claimed he drove the pair on “about 10 to 12 dates in or about 1990.”