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Only a week after settling a sexual assault lawsuit with ex-partner Casandra Ventura, aka Cassie, Sean Diddy Combs is facing two new lawsuits for sexual assault and revenge porn. Combs’ representatives say, “Combs is an easy target for anonymous accusers who lie without conscience or consequence for financial benefit.”
Joi Dickerson-Neal — who was a Syracuse University student in 1991 when she featured in a music video for Diddy — has filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that Combs ‘drugged and physically assaulted her,’ filming the incident and sharing it with others in an act described as ‘revenge porn.’
Dickerson-Neal alleges Combs’ attack and subsequent distribution of the video caused her to be hospitalized with depression, and inflicted ‘substantial and lifetime injuries.’ According to details reported by The Guardian, the plaintiff alleges Combs invited her to dinner in New York, where he drugged her and proceeded to sexually assault her. The filing states, “Because she had been drugged, Plaintiff lacked the physical ability or mental capacity to fend Combs off.”
Attorneys for Dickerson-Neal say the plaintiff decided to come forward with her harrowing experience with Combs after Cassie came forth with hers. Cassie had alleged the rapper kept her locked in a cycle of physical violence, abuse, and ‘sex trafficking’ for a decade. Combs settled out of court one day after the filing.
At the time, Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, vehemently denied the allegations and emphasized that Combs’ decision to settle ‘is in no way an admission of wrongdoing’ and doesn’t ‘in any way undermine his’ client’s ‘flat-out denial of the claims.’
In a disturbing turn of events, Cassie and Dickerson-Neal’s lawsuits aren’t the only sexual abuse claims against Combs. Rolling Stone is also reporting a third suit by a Jane Doe, who is alleging that Combs and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall ‘took turns raping the plaintiff and her friend in 1990 or 1991.’
Jane Doe alleges she and her friend ran into Combs and Hall at an event by MCA Records at the company’s New York Offices. “Combs and Hall were very flirtatious and handsy with Jane Doe and her friend, offering them drinks throughout the night.”
Combs and Hall then proceeded to allegedly invite the women to Hall’s apartment, where ‘Jane Doe was offered more drinks and was coerced into having sex with Combs,’ the filing adds. “After Combs finished doing his business, Jane Doe lay in bed, shocked and traumatized. As she was in the process of getting dressed, Hall barged into the room, pinned her down, and forced Jane Doe to have sex with him.”
The lawsuit also details that later, Combs allegedly visited the home where Jane Doe and her friend were staying. “He was irate and began assaulting and choking Jane Doe to the point that she passed out,” the complaint alleges. Jane Doe says she sought medical treatment ‘to heal from the trauma.’
The filing names Sean Diddy Combs, Aaron Hall, MCA Music Entertainment, and Geffen Records as defendants. The ‘friend’ is not a plaintiff in Jane Doe’s suit.
A spokesperson for Combs told DMN, “These are fabricated claims falsely alleging misconduct from over 30 years ago and filed at the last minute. This is nothing but a money grab.”
“Because of Mr. Combs’ fame and success, he is an easy target for anonymous accusers who lie without conscience or consequence for financial benefit. The New York Legislature surely did not intend or expect the Adult Survivors Act to be exploited by scammers. The public should be skeptical and not rush to accept these bogus allegations,” they added.
The three lawsuits against Combs emerged right before the deadline of the New York’s Adult Survivors Act. The Act expired at midnight on Thanksgiving, which is why a barrage of similar lawsuits have surfaced during the last several weeks.
A multitude of musicians and Hollywood celebrities have been named in sexual assault, abuse, and harassment claims. Among them are Cuba Gooding Jr, Jamie Foxx, Russell Brand, Jason Derulo, Axl Rose, Jimmy Lovine, Broadway legend William Ivey Long, Antonio Reid (L.A. Reid), Grammy’s ex-CEO Neil Portnow, and Bill Cosby.
The Adult Survivors Act, passed in 2020, created a one-year window for alleged survivors to take legal action over years-old accusations — that would typically be barred under the statute of limitations.
State senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said on passing the Act, “It takes time to come forward, particularly when faced with the trauma that accompanies disclosures. With the Adult Survivors Act, we are saying that we believe you and that you deserve accountability.”