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Woman Drops Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Music Mogul Jimmy Iovine

Jimmy Iovine Former CEO of Beats Electronics

An unidentified woman who sued Jimmy Iovine for sexual assault and battery has dropped her lawsuit against the Interscope Records cofounder. The case was discontinued in its entirety with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. It is unclear if a settlement was reached as Iovine and the plaintiff did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In November, an unnamed woman filed a lawsuit against Iovine for assault, battery, and violations of the state's gender-motivated violence and human rights laws. She claimed that she was sexually abused, forcibly touched, and subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation by the music mogul in August 2007 while under contract with Interscope, according to court filings.

However, only the summons was issued, and it was expected that a formal complaint would follow. Nevertheless, it appears that the complaint was never filed. In December, the judge overseeing the case denied a motion to allow the woman to proceed with the lawsuit anonymously due to the absence of an affidavit of service.

The Jane Doe plaintiff initiated the legal action under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which provided a one-year window to bring sexual misconduct claims. This law enabled plaintiffs, who would have otherwise been time-barred by the statute of limitations, to file lawsuits against high-profile figures in Hollywood and the music industry, such as Sean Diddy Combs, ex-Grammy CEO Neil Portnow, and former Epic Records chief executive L.A. Reid.

Prior to co-founding Beats Music in 2014, Iovine established Interscope Records and served as chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, a division of Universal Music Group. Since 2018, he has been mostly retired from the industry.

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