For the fourth time in three weeks, a girl has filed a sexual assault lawsuit in opposition to music mogul Sean Combs, greatest generally known as Diddy.
The sufferer, who filed the go well with as Jane Doe, says that in 2003, when she was a 17-year-old highschool pupil, she was “intercourse trafficked” and “gang raped” by Combs, then 34; Harve Pierre, then president of Combs’ Dangerous Boy Data; and a 3rd unnamed assailant.
Combs and his representatives weren’t instantly out there for remark however have beforehand denied claims of sexual assault in opposition to him.
Within the go well with, filed Wednesday within the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, the girl alleges that she met Pierre and an unnamed man at a lounge in Detroit and was persuaded to accompany them on a personal jet to fly to New York Metropolis the place they might meet Combs. Pierre informed her that the rap impresario was “his greatest buddy,” and that Combs “would love to satisfy” her, at his recording studio.
In accordance with the submitting, the accuser mentioned that Pierre smoked crack cocaine in one of many lounge’s loos, after which compelled her to provide him oral intercourse.
Following the assault, she was escorted by the third, unnamed man to a personal jet at an airport in Pontiac, Mich., and flown to Teterboro, N.J.
As soon as in New York, the group went to Daddy’s Home Recording Studio, owned and operated by Combs and Dangerous Boy. Whereas there, the three males hit on her, “stroking her physique, asking to see her ‘ass’ and telling her how ‘scorching’ and ‘attractive’ she was” whereas Combs and Pierre “plied Ms. Doe with medicine and alcohol,” in line with the go well with.
Because the night wore on, the girl claimed that she turned “increasingly more inebriated” and unable to consent to intercourse. Nevertheless, Combs directed her to the studio’s toilet the place he “eliminated” her skirt and underwear, “and penetrated her from behind together with his penis whereas she hung over the sink.”
The sufferer alleged that Combs then sat on a chair outdoors of the toilet and “watched” because the third man assaulted her, at the same time as she requested him to cease. This assault was adopted by one other by Pierre, who she mentioned “violently compelled her to provide him oral intercourse.” The act left her “choking and struggling to breathe,” in line with the grievance.
All through the assaults, the accuser mentioned that she drifted out and in of consciousness as a result of medicine and alcohol that the lads gave her.
Afterward, she mentioned she fell to the ground, mendacity within the fetal place. She was later placed on a aircraft and flown dwelling. She solely remembers being in a automotive and that her “underwear was lacking.”
The submitting consists of a number of photographs of the sufferer mentioned to have been taken on the studio in the course of the night time in query. Within the photographs, the girl is sporting cut-off denim shorts and a T-shirt with the D&G emblem, and her face is blurred for anonymity. In a single, she is sitting on the rapper’s lap.
“As alleged within the grievance, Defendants preyed on a susceptible highschool teenager as a part of a intercourse trafficking scheme that concerned plying her with alcohol and transporting her by non-public jet to New York Metropolis the place she was gang raped by the three particular person defendants at Mr. Combs’ studio. The depravity of those abhorrent acts has, not surprisingly, scarred Doe for all times,” Douglas H. Wigdor, the girl’s legal professional, mentioned in an announcement.
The lawsuit comes lower than a month after Combs settled with Casandra Ventura, the R&B singer and his former associate, generally known as Cassie, who accused him of rape, sexual assault and intercourse trafficking.
In Ventura’s go well with, the singer claimed that Combs had abused her for almost a decade, subjecting her to beatings, forcing her to take quite a lot of medicine and to have interaction in intercourse acts with male intercourse employees — encounters he referred to as “freak offs.”
Combs’ lawyer Ben Brafman “vehemently” denied the allegations, calling them “offensive and outrageous.” He added that the lawsuit was “riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’ repute and searching for a payday.”
Inside every week, Ventura’s lawsuit in opposition to Combs was adopted by two others.
Joi Dickerson-Neal accused Combs of drugging and raping her in 1991, recording the assault after which distributing the footage all through New York with out her consent.
In accordance with the go well with, Dickerson-Neal, then a pupil at Syracuse College, met Combs throughout a break and “reluctantly agreed” to have dinner with him at a Harlem restaurant and that he “pushed” for her to maintain him firm afterward. The go well with states that Combs fed the girl medicine that put her in a “bodily state the place she couldn’t independently stand or stroll.” When Combs and the girl arrived at a music studio, she was unable to get out of the automobile; he then “proceeded to a spot he was staying to sexually assault her,” in line with the submitting.
In an announcement to the New York Instances, Jonathan D. Davis, a lawyer for Combs, denied the claims, describing them as “unsubstantiated allegations” and a “cash seize.” He mentioned his shopper is an “straightforward goal for accusers who try and smear him” due to his fame and success.
A girl who later recognized herself as Liza Gardner filed a 3rd go well with during which she claimed Combs and Man singer Aaron Corridor sexually assaulted her, choking her a number of days later.
A spokesperson for Combs denied the allegations.
All three lawsuits had been filed underneath the Grownup Survivors Act, a legislation that went into impact in November 2022 in New York, that allowed people who mentioned they had been sexually assaulted a one-year window throughout which they may sue their abusers, even when the statute of limitations had expired.
The fits in opposition to Combs had been amongst a wave of lawsuits filed underneath the ASA earlier than it expired Nov. 24. The alleged assailants included Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, music government Antonio “L.A.” Reid and former Grammys chief Neil Portnow.
Pierre, who is called in the newest sexual assault go well with with Combs, was additionally sued underneath the ASA final month by an unnamed former assistant, who accused him of grooming, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In accordance with the submitting, Pierre, whose LinkedIn profile says that the previous Dangerous Boy president left the corporate in 2017, “used his place of authority” because the accuser’s boss and sexually assaulted her on “a number of events in New York Metropolis and different places all through the nation” throughout 2016 and 2017.
“We’ve lately grow to be conscious of a lawsuit filed in New York by a former worker. The allegations are from a few years in the past that had been by no means dropped at the eye of the corporate. Neither the plaintiff nor the manager is present staff of the corporate. We at the moment are investigating the allegations, and our prime precedence is the protection and well-being of our staff,” a Dangerous Boy Leisure spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to Folks.
This newest go well with was filed after the ASA deadline, however falls underneath the New York Gender-Motivated Violence Safety Legislation, which permits survivors a two-year window to file claims between March 1, 2023, and Feb. 28, 2025, even when the statute of limitations on the abuse has expired.