What are the accusations against P. Diddy?

SEan “Diddy” Combs, a rapper and music mogul who has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest stars in recent years, is now facing multiple civil lawsuits accusing him of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and rape.

Formerly known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and a host of other names, Combs has undergone numerous reinventions since the start of his career – but has since entered a new and unwelcome ‘era’.

Federal agents from US Homeland Security raided two of the rapper’s homes in Los Angeles and Miami on March 25 as he faced a range of charges.

Federal agents from US Homeland Security raided two of the rapper’s homes on Monday (AP)

Combs, 54, has strongly denied all allegations against him. His lawyers have branded the lawsuits and their allegations as money-grabbing, “baseless” or “sickening.”

The entertainer has not been formally charged or charged with any crime by federal prosecutors.

The new lawsuits come months after Combs’ former partner, Casandra “Cassie” Ventura, filed a lawsuit against him in November. She accused him of raping her in 2018, beating her, demanding she carry a firearm to “make her feel uncomfortable and show how dangerous he is” and forcing her into “unwanted sexual encounters with male sex workers” .

Ms. Ventura’s lawsuit against Combs was settled a day after she filed it for an undisclosed amount.

The slew of allegations in lawsuits against Combs date back to the 1990s, when he founded his own record label, Bad Boy Records.

All allegations against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs:

Lawsuits against the rapper began on November 16, 2023 when he was sued by singer and dancer Cassie, his former partner, who alleged years of abuse.

It was filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act just before it expired. This law allowed adult victims of sexual assault one year to file civil claims, regardless of the statute of limitations.

Casandra “Cassie” Ventura

R&B singer Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, filed a lawsuit in 2023 alleging that she was trafficked, raped and beaten by Combs many times over a decade.

Her lawsuit alleged that Combs brought the singer into his “flashy, fast-paced and drug-fueled lifestyle” not long after she met him, signing her to his label in 2005 when she was just 19 and he was 37.

Ms Ventura said the pattern of abuse began as soon as their relationship began and that when she tried to end it in 2018, he forced himself into her Los Angeles home and raped her.

The lawsuit against Combs was settled a day after she filed it for an undisclosed amount.

Ms. Ventura told CNN that she had chosen to resolve this matter “amicably,” while Combs’ attorney said the settlement was “in no way an admission of wrongdoing” and that it did not change his denial of the accusations.

Cassie (left) and Sean “Diddy” Combs at the 2017 Met Gala. Cassie filed a lawsuit in 2023 alleging that she was trafficked, raped, and beaten by Combs on many occasions over the course of a decade (Getty Images)

Her charges against Combs were brought through the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which expired at midnight on November 23, 2023.

The law gave survivors a year to file civil lawsuits, regardless of when the abuse occurred. This meant that incidents dating back decades were finally coming to light.

More than 2,500 cases have been filed under the ASA before its expiry date at midnight on November 23, 2023. Court details have been sent to The independent showed.

Survivors filed lawsuits against some of the state’s most powerful men, including major entertainment players such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Axl Rose and Combs.

Rodney ‘Lil Rod’ Jones

In the most recent lawsuit against Combs, filed on February 26, 2024 in New York, producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones alleged that he was “subjected to unwanted advances by Diddy associates at his direction” and that he was coerced into relationships with the sex workers Combs hired.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, alleged that Combs sexually harassed, drugged and threatened him for more than a year.

He said he has video and audio evidence showing Combs, his staff and others “engaged in serious illegal activities.” The lawsuit identified Rapper 50 Cent’s former girlfriend and the mother of one of his children, Daphne Joy, as one of the alleged sex workers.

The lawsuit also alleges that Combs regularly hosted “sex trafficking parties” involving underage women and illegal drugs, and implies that record label executives who looked the other way benefited financially from access to celebrities and dignitaries, including Britain’s royal Prince Harry.

Prince Harry is not accused of any misconduct or attending parties himself.

Combs’ lawyer said The Los Angeles Times that the lawsuit contains “reckless naming of events that are pure fiction and simply did not happen.”

Ryan Mendelsohn, 20, who lived in the area where Combs’ Los Angeles properties were searched, told reporters that he would see parties at the house and women outside until 6 a.m., which was not common.

“I drive by a lot, and I see there’s a lot of girls, maybe five or six girls outside, some leaving, some not, some going in,” he said, according to NBC News.

“I never thought anything of it,” said Mr. Mendelsohn, who added that he did not know Combs lived there until the news broke Monday. “But now it’s crazy.”

Joie Dickerson Neal

In November 2023, Joie Dickerson-Neal filed a lawsuit alleging that Combs drugged her, sexually assaulted her and secretly recorded the attack while she was still a college student in 1991, NBC News reported, citing the filing.

She claimed that Combs induced her to go out to dinner with him and she “reluctantly” agreed on January 3, 1991, when she claimed she was drugged, “resulting in her being in a physical condition where she could not stand or walk independently. ‘ reported the BBC.

The suit also claims he recorded the attack and showed it to other people.

She later filed police reports in New York and New Jersey, spoke with prosecutors, but was told by colleagues that they were “terrified that Combs would retaliate against them and that they would lose future business and music opportunities if they did not make an explanation.” in support of” her, NBC News reported, citing the lawsuit.

More women are coming forward

Since November, three more women have filed lawsuits in the Southern District of New York alleging they were sexually assaulted by Combs, according to NBC News.

Two of the women said they were teenagers at the time of the alleged assault.

Anonymous claimant

In November, an anonymous accuser accused Combs and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall of raping her and a friend in 1990 or 1991 after meeting at an MCA Records event in New York, where the singers “were very flirtatious and handsy” and offered drinks. Rolling Stone reports this.

The lawsuit alleges that Combs and Hall invited the women to Hall’s apartment for an after-party where the plaintiff was “offered more drinks and forced to have sex with Combs,” and was then “shocked and traumatized” before “Hall left the room stormed in. , trapped her and forced Jane Doe to have sex with him,” according to Rolling Stone.

After speaking with her friend, the accuser allegedly learned she had also been “forced to have sex with Combs and Hall in another room,” according to the lawsuit.

A few days later, Combs allegedly visited the plaintiff and her friend at the home where they were staying, where he “became enraged and began assaulting and choking Jane Doe to the point that she fainted,” the lawsuit alleges.

Unnamed Accuser ‘Jane Doe’

In December, Combs was charged again alleging he drugged and raped a 17-year-old girl in 2003.

The accuser, identified as Jane Doe, accused Combs of plying her with drugs and alcohol at his New York studio and then raping her along with two associates.

The lawsuit accused Combs of a “sex trafficking scheme,” in which Jane Doe was flown by private jet from her home in Michigan to New York.

Combs’ response to accusations

Sean Combs has strongly denied all allegations against him and vowed to “fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

In a statement in December following the lawsuit filed by Jane Doe, he called the claims “sickening” and said his accusers were “looking for a quick payday.”

“Let me be very clear: I did not do any of the horrible things that have been alleged,” he said in a statement. “I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

Combs’ attorney, Shawn Holley, described the events described in the lawsuit as “pure fiction.”

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“We have overwhelming, indisputable evidence that his claims are complete lies,” he said. “We will address these bizarre allegations in court and take all appropriate action against those who make them.”

After the settlement with Ventura, Ben Brafman, another attorney for Combs, said The independent: “To be clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.

“Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit in no way undermines his outright denial of the claims.

“He is pleased that they have reached a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”