Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is currently embroiled in a new legal challenge, as he faces allegations of sexual assault dating back to 1991. This comes shortly after settling a lawsuit with his ex-partner, Cassie (Casandra Ventura). The latest lawsuit, filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, accuses Combs of drugging and sexually assaulting Joi Dickerson-Neal, a former Syracuse University student, and allegedly recording the incident.
According to reports, the incident occurred after a dinner date at Wells Restaurant in Harlem. Dickerson-Neal alleges that Combs drugged her, rendering her unable to stand or walk independently. She claims that she was then taken to Combs’ house, where the alleged assault occurred. The lawsuit further states that Combs secretly recorded the assault and that the recording was later seen by Dickerson-Neal’s friend, who claimed it had been viewed by ‘everyone’.
Combs’ legal team has vehemently denied these allegations, dismissing them as a ‘money grab’. They assert that the story is fabricated and lacks credibility. Despite these denials, the lawsuit has brought renewed attention to Combs’ past and his interactions with women.
The lawsuit’s timing is significant, filed just before the deadline set under the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) in New York. This law allowed adult survivors of sexual assault to sue regardless of when the crime occurred. Dickerson-Neal’s legal team emphasizes the emotional and psychological impact the alleged incident has had on her, including affecting her academic and professional life.
This case adds to the complex legal and public relations challenges facing Combs. Known for his significant influence in the music industry, these allegations could have far-reaching implications for his career and public image. The case is ongoing, and further developments are awaited as both sides prepare for the legal proceedings ahead.