• Sean “Diddy” Combs is facing new accusations of sexual assault from multiple women
• The lawsuits are filed under the Adult Survivors Act in New York courts, allowing complaints to be filed within a one-year window
• Diddy has denied the allegations through his spokesperson, calling them a “money grab” and “completely denied and rejected”
Here is what happened:
Sean “Diddy” Combs is facing more accusations of sexual assault. One week after settling a rape lawsuit brought against him by ex-girlfriend Cassie, the rap mogul has been sued by two other women over separate alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. Through his spokesperson, Diddy has denied wrongdoing in all three cases. They are among several similar civil suits recently filed against high-profile men in New York courts under the Adult Survivors Act, a state law that allows such complaints to be filed within a one-year window regardless of whether the statutes of limitations have run out. On Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, a woman named Joi Dickerson-Neal filed a lawsuit in a New York court that alleges Diddy drugged and sexually assaulted her when she was a Syracuse University student in 1991.
The filing states that the music executive took her to dinner at a restaurant and slipped a drug in her drink when she left to use the restroom, and that Dickerson-Neal’s lawsuit also alleges that when they left in a car, she took a puff of a “blunt” under pressure from Diddy. He later allegedly brought her to “a place he was staying to sexually assault her,” video recorded the act, showed the footage to many people, and that “This last-minute lawsuit is an example of how a well-intentioned law can be turned on its head,” a spokesperson for Diddy told E! News.
Also on Nov. 23, a third woman, whose name was not made public, filed her own sexual assault lawsuit in a New York court against Diddy. In her filing, she alleged that he and R&B singer Aaron Hall assaulted her and her friend at the latter artist’s apartment in 1990 or 1991.
The woman also alleged in her lawsuit that days later, Diddy visited the home where she was staying and “assaulted and choked” her until she passed out. The filing stated that he was allegedly looking for the plaintiff’s friend because he feared she would tell the “girl he was with at the time.” (E! and NBC News are part of the NBCUniversal family.)