US TV mogul Aaron Spelling has been slapped with a harassment lawsuit by a former nurse, who claims he groped her and masturbated in her presence.

CHARLENE RICHARDS claims the 82-year-old Charlie's Angels and MELROSE PLACE TV mogul repeatedly placed his hand on her "groin and genital area" and grabbed her breasts.

In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles yesterday (26JAN06) and obtained by entertainment news website, Richards alleges Spelling exposed himself to her and solicited oral sex.

The nurse alleges sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and sexual battery.

Spelling sued Richards for defamation last November (05), claiming she violated a confidentiality agreement by spreading rumours that he sexually harassed her.

The TV producer's lawyer BERT FIELDS insists the lawsuit is "totally baseless".