Def Jam recordings founder Russell Simmons is sued for rape by woman who claims he wrestled her then sexually assaulted her at NYC apartment, a year after another woman accused him of sex attack

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

The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in federal court in New York on Tuesday, accused the music mogul (66) of raping her at his apartment in the 1990s.

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

New York-born multi-millionaire Simmons, who founded the hip-hop and R&B label Def Jam Recordings in 1984, has yet to respond to the damning allegations.

He has previously claimed to have slept with ‘thousands’ of women, admitting that a handful have come forward with ‘compromise’ stories about him.

In an interview before this lawsuit came out, Simmons said: ‘Obviously I was insensitive, but certainly never forceful in any of my relationships.’

Music executive Russell Simmons (66) has been sued for sexual harassment and abuse by a former Def Jam Recordings executive.  He has yet to respond to the damning allegations

Music executive Russell Simmons (66) has been sued for sexual harassment and abuse by a former Def Jam Recordings executive. He has yet to respond to the damning allegations

Simmons, pictured in 1990. He founded the hip-hop and R&B label Def Jam Recordings in 1984

Simmons, pictured in 1990. He founded the hip-hop and R&B label Def Jam Recordings in 1984

The lawsuit reads: ‘Mrs. Doe repeatedly told Mr. Simmons told to get off her but he refused. Mr Simmons continued to rape her.’

The music executive allegedly also harassed her at their office. The lawsuit alleges: ‘He would sit on her desk, lean over her, aggressively invade her personal space while making sexual innuendos, propositions and advances, and rub the front of his pants.’

He would stop her from opening her office door to kick him out, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit also made claims for battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

It was brought under the state’s Adult Survivors Act – but the window for old sexual misconduct claimants to come forward closed in November.

It comes just two months after Russell Simmons opened up about the sexual assault allegations that derailed his career in a new interview shot in Bali.

He claimed he had never been violent with anyone, and that he had taken nine polygraph tests since allegations against him surfaced six years ago.

The New York native, 66, who appears on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, admitted that he behaved in a ‘crude’ manner and had previously been sexually involved in ‘compromising situations’, amid allegations of sexual misconduct by at least 15 women.

American entrepreneur Russell Simmons (right) with model Amber Smith at the 1996

American entrepreneur Russell Simmons (right) with model Amber Smith at the 1996

Russell Simmons attends MusiCares Persons of the Year honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson on February 3, 2023 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Russell Simmons attends MusiCares Persons of the Year honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson on February 3, 2023 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Russell Simmons at the 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Russell Simmons at the 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Russell Simmons pictured on October 18, 2023.

Russell Simmons pictured on October 18, 2023.

“If you’ve slept with as many people as I’ve slept with – thousands – and we’re talking about like six people,” he said, the latter number referring to people he says he’s “badly talked to” in the past.

Simmons, who spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia, where the interview was filmed, said he has “never been violent towards anyone,” which is not to say he always treated his sex partners well.

“Of course I was insensitive,” he said, “but certainly never forceful in any of my relationships, everything I had was consensual.”

The music mogul told Bensinger that he took nine polygraph tests in an effort to clear his name in the wake of the accusations against him, which were part of the MeToo movement that began in the fall of 2017.

“I took nine lie detector tests, people don’t know that,” the Def Jam co-founder said. “Nine separately—seven from the Chairman of the Polygraph Society—one for each and serious accusation.”

Simmons said when he took the polygraph tests, he addressed specific words in allegations made against him.

‘When somebody said, for example, “I was violent” – one person said that – and I’ve never been violent. Took it,’ he said. ‘And one said I apologize. I never apologized for assaulting anyone.

Russell Simmons, 66, opened up in a new interview in December about the sexual assault allegations that derailed his career.

Russell Simmons, 66, opened up in a new interview in December about the sexual assault allegations that derailed his career.

“But if two people say it, because one said it, and MeToo, and the second person said it, then I took a test for that. Three hours per test by two polygraph examiners – one I’ve never done on anyone and one I’ve never done on every individual.’

Simmons said he believes in the veracity of the polygraph tests he’s taken, saying: ‘Some people say they’re not accurate, but they’re 94 per cent accurate.

“I’ve done nine of them, it’s pretty clear I don’t believe it,” Simmons said. ‘I even asked if, “Well, what if I believe it, but it’s not true?” He said, “Your subconscious will find you.”

“I don’t know how true that is, but that’s what the chairman of the Polygraph Association told me.”

Simmons said that there were “a lot of gray” areas in which he processed a memory differently than another concerned person would have.

“I can tell you simply that I’ve been in so many compromising situations that people can have a memory from 30 or 40 years ago,” he said, “and it can be different than my memory. And it could be one where there might be a collaboration.’

Simmons’ family problems spilled over into the open last year when his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and daughter Aoki Lee Simmons aired their grievances with him in June.

Aoki claimed he was verbally abusive to her and shared text messages and screenshots of her communications with her father.

Kimora and Aoki were critical of Russell Simmons in June, when they took to social media with complaints about his behavior

Kimora and Aoki were critical of Russell Simmons in June, when they took to social media with complaints about his behavior

Aoki explained to Teen Vogue in September about her reason for going public with the details of her stormy relationship with her father, saying that he negatively affected her mental health with his mercurial behavior.

“Part of it was already out there,” Aoki said. “There were reasons why I thought it was reasonable to publish because it played out like a silent bubble.”

In June, Aoki posted texts and videos of her interactions with her father depicting their fractured relationship.

She said that the Def Jam co-founder was “for (her) for years” and that she had significant anxiety issues as a result.

Aoki said that Russell – who had previously tried unsuccessfully to salvage his reputation after the sexual misconduct allegations with a publicity campaign – had not been well ‘for years’.

She wrote: ‘He needs help and won’t accept it. He refuses to admit that he is not himself.

“He threatened and bullied my sister, my grandmother, he harassed my grandmother in the middle of the night in poor health, sent a man to my sister’s apartment at 2am to scare her.”

Aoki said that Russell “lashes out at ANYONE who doesn’t say ‘Oh, Russell, everything’s fine,'” adding, “Well, it’s not good.”