Screenwriter Jenny Lumet has said he directed his driver to take her to his apartment after she’d said she wanted to go home, before they had sex.
He denies the claims saying her memory of that evening in 1991 was “very different from mine”.
For many, Simmons may not be a household name.
Who is Russell Simmons?
He is one of the most powerful men in music and has been credited with redefining the hip hop genre. He started from humble beginnings.
Speaking to the Guardian in 2003 about the war on drugs in the black community in the US, he said: “I used every drug there is, back in the day, but it didn’t make me a bad person. It just made me a sad person, a diseased person. It didn’t make me a criminal.”
His roots to hip hop are engrained. His brother, Joseph or Rev Run, is one of the founding members of the legendary group Run DMC.
Image caption Simmons with his brother Rev Run (R)
Simmons produced some of the threesomes most popular tracks including Sucker MCs and It’s Like That.
“Because of the way it sounded and the impact it had on how people heard rap records, I believe co-producing ‘Sucker MCs’ is the single most creative thing I have ever done,” Simmons said in his autobiography.