Music executive Russell Simmons has been sued for sexual harassment and battery by a former Def Jam Recordings executive.

The plaintiff, who lodged the complaint in New York federal court, has accused the music mogul of raping her at his apartment in the 1990s. 

She claims in the lawsuit she was invited to his home, where he started ‘wrestling’ with her in a ‘playful’ manner, before the ‘situation escalated into aggression.’ 

Multi-millionaire Simmons, who founded hip-hop and R&B label Def Jam Recordings in 1984, is yet to respond to the allegations.