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A woman is filing a lawsuit against music executive Jimmy Iovine, alleging the Interscope Records co-founder sexually assaulted and forcibly touched her, according to court documents. Iovine tells rolling stone he is “shocked and disconcerted” by this statement.
A Jane Doe plaintiff filed a summons and notice Wednesday in New York and alleges that Iovine, 70, engaged in “multiple instances of sexual abuse and forcible touching of her, including one specific incident of sexual misconduct” that occurred in New York in August. 2007. The court filing contained little additional information regarding the woman’s specific claims, but a trial is expected by the end of the year. The woman also alleges she was the victim of sexual harassment and retaliation and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. Doe’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, declined to comment further on the case.
When contacted for comment on the legal filing, an Iovine spokesperson said rolling stone they are “shocked and disconcerted” by this statement. “This investigation is the first time we have heard of this matter,” the spokesperson said. “No one has ever filed such a complaint against Jimmy Iovine, and we have never been contacted or informed of any complaint from anyone, including this previously unknown complainant.”
Iovine is one of the most successful record producers of all time. He began his career as a producer in the 1970s, working with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, U2 and Stevie Nicks. He co-founded Interscope Records in 1989 and ran the label until 2014.
During his tenure as CEO of Interscope, Iovine helped grow the company into one of the biggest labels, bringing in artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac through a partnership with Death Row Records Dr. Dre left Death Row in 1996 and founded Aftermath Entertainment under Interscope and continued to work with Iovine, and the label went on to sign artists including Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Other artists signed by Iovine include No Doubt and Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails.
Iovine co-founded Beats By Dre with the rapper-producer in 2006 and sold the company to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion; it remains the largest acquisition in Apple’s history. Dre and Iovine founded the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at USC in 2013. Last year, Iovine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award given to industry professionals .
Jane Doe’s accuser will soon file a complaint against Iovine under New York’s Adult Survivor Act, which provides a one-year window for victims of sexual offenses to file a civil action against their attacker. The window closes Thursday and in the act’s final hours, several lawsuits targeting high-profile figures, including Diddy, Russell Brand, Axl Rose and Bill Cosby, were filed.