Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused of Sexual Abuse by two More Women

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused of Sexual Abuse by two More Women – Two additional women have stepped forward to accuse Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse, just a week after the music mogul reached a settlement in a separate lawsuit with singer Cassie, which included allegations of rape and physical abuse. These new legal actions were submitted on Thursday, coinciding with the deadline of the Adult Survivors Act in New York, allowing victims of sexual abuse a one-year window to file civil claims irrespective of the statute of limitations. 

The complaints outline incidents of sexual assault, beatings, and coerced drugging purportedly perpetrated by Combs in the early 1990s when he served as a talent director, party promoter, and emerging figure in New York City’s hip-hop scene. Joi Dickerson, one of the accusers, claimed that as a 19-year-old Syracuse University student in 1991, she agreed to meet Combs at a Harlem restaurant. 

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Following their date, Combs allegedly “intentionally drugged” her, leading to a sexual assault at her home, which he recorded without her knowledge. The lawsuit asserts that Combs shared the video with industry friends, triggering a public ordeal that plunged Dickerson into severe depression, ultimately causing her hospitalization and college withdrawal.

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In a separate Thursday filing, an unnamed woman (Jane Doe) accused Combs and R&B singer Aaron Hall of sexually assaulting her and a friend, followed by an assault by Combs several days later. Jane Doe stated that after a music industry event in 1990 or 1991, she and her roommate returned to Hall’s home with Combs, where she claims coercion into a sexual encounter with Combs occurred.

Afterward, as she was getting dressed, “Hall barged into the room, pinned her down and forced Jane Doe to have sex with him,” the suit states. When the victim later spoke to her friend, who is also not named, she learned that her friend “had been forced to have sex with Combs and Hall in another room,” according to the suit. “Upon information and belief, when Combs finished with Jane Doe, he and Hall switched, and they commenced assaulting Jane Doe’s friend,” the suit states.

Several days afterward, Combs, described as “irate,” purportedly appeared at the residence of the two women, aiming to prevent them from disclosing the abuse. The lawsuit alleges that he proceeded to choke Jane Doe until she lost consciousness. In an emailed response, a representative for Combs refuted the accusations, alleging that the two women were exploiting the temporary extension of the statute of limitations provided by New York law.

Tyrone Blackburn, the attorney for the unnamed accuser, stated that his client is in the process of gathering medical documents and witness statements to support her lawsuit, which was filed late Thursday with the aim of preserving the statute of limitations. The lawsuit from Dickerson highlights that the victim had filed police reports in both New York and New Jersey following the abuse. 

However, inquiries made to the New York City Police Department were not promptly answered, and it remains unclear in which other jurisdictions these reports might have been submitted. After the filmed assault, Dickerson said she approached friends in the music industry asking them to confirm the existence of the “revenge tape”, but was rebuffed by those who were terrified that Combs would retaliate against them and that they would lose future business and music opportunities.

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The Associated Press typically refrains from disclosing the identities of individuals claiming sexual abuse unless they choose to come forward publicly, as Joi Dickerson has done. In the years following the reported assaults, now at 54, Combs went on to establish his own label, Bad Boys Records, playing a pivotal role in the careers of Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls, solidifying his position as one of the most influential figures in hip-hop production and executive leadership.

These two lawsuits emerge in the wake of explosive allegations last week by Cassie Ventura, who asserted that Combs subjected her to a pattern of abuse throughout their multi-year relationship, commencing in 2005 when she was 19 and he was 37. Ventura’s accusations include claims of drug administration, severe beatings, and coercing her into intimate acts with male prostitutes while he recorded them. She further alleged that when attempting to terminate the relationship in 2018, Combs raped her.

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