Music mogul Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records and Beats Electronics, is the latest figure to be sued for sexual abuse as part of a wave of cases filed ahead of the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act. The lawsuit, filed by an unnamed woman referred to as “Jane Doe,” alleges multiple instances of abuse, including a specific incident in 2007. Iovine’s spokesperson expressed shock at the claim, stating that they were unaware of any prior complaints. The woman is seeking unspecified damages under the Adult Survivors Act, which temporarily lifts statutes of limitations for sexual misconduct claims.
The law, set to expire after the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday, has prompted a surge in legal actions against notable figures, including Russell Brand, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Axl Rose, former lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, was also sued under this law on the same day by actress Sheila Kennedy for an alleged 1989 assault.
Iovine, known for co-founding Interscope Records and later partnering with Dr. Dre to launch Beats Electronics, is a prominent figure in the music industry. The summons filed in court extends the deadline for a complete lawsuit, allowing the woman to seek economic and compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
This legal action against Iovine is part of a broader trend highlighting sexual misconduct in the music industry. The spike in cases is attributed to the impending expiration of the Adult Survivors Act, providing survivors with a one-year window to pursue legal action for past allegations that would typically be barred by statutes of limitations. As the deadline approaches, the music industry grapples with a series of lawsuits that shed light on the pervasive issue of sexual abuse.
Derek Chan – Editor