Jimmy Iovine is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, as an unidentified woman referred to as Jane Doe has filed a lawsuit against the music executive in New York Supreme Court. According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, the woman accuses the 70-year-old Iovine of committing crimes such as “assault and battery.”
The accuser is seeking damages, claiming she was “sexually abused, forcibly touched, and subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of anti-discrimination laws in or around August 2007.” Her case falls under the Adult Survivors Act, which allows victims of sexual assault who were 18 years or older at the time of the abuse a one-year look-back period to file a lawsuit, regardless of when the incident occurred.
The legal documents state that the relief amount sought by Jane Doe will be determined at trial and may include compensation for physical injury, economic and compensatory damages, punitive damages, as well as attorney’s fees and costs. The trial is scheduled to take place in New York County, as indicated in the filing signed by attorneys Kevin Mintzer and Doug Wigdor.
PEOPLE reached out to Iovine’s representatives for comment but did not receive an immediate response. An unnamed spokesperson spoke to Variety on behalf of Iovine, expressing shock and disbelief at the alleged claim. The spokesperson stated that this inquiry is the first they’ve heard of the matter and that no one had previously made such a claim against Jimmy Iovine.
In addition to his role at Interscope, Iovine is well-known for co-founding Beats Electronics with Dr. Dre. Notably, Doug Wigdor, Iovine’s attorney, is also representing Casandra Ventura, professionally known as Cassie, in a lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs. Ventura filed a lawsuit on November 16, accusing Combs of rape and sex trafficking over a decade of abuse. The lawsuit, citing New York’s Adult Survivors Act, detailed allegations of uncontrollable rage and frequent physical abuse.
Ventura claimed that Combs forced her into encounters with sex workers, referred to as “freak offs” or “FOs,” involving drugs and alcohol. In response to these allegations, Combs’ lawyer, Ben Brafman, denied the claims, calling them offensive and outrageous. He stated that Ventura’s demand for $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, was rejected as blatant blackmail. Despite the initial dispute, the lawsuit was amicably settled the following day.