Sean “Diddy” Combs accused of drugging, sexual assaulting model in 2003

A New York legal challenge has been brought against music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, accusing him of a serious assault against a model in the year 2003.

Crystal McKinney filed the litigation leveraging the powers of the NYC Gender Motivated Violence Act. This regulation authorizes individuals to pursue legal action for gender-based violence in New York City, irrespective of when the event occurred, with a deadline for such actions set for 2025.

McKinney’s legal action also extends to Combs’ business endeavors, directing claims toward Bad Boy Entertainment, distributor Universal Music Group, and the Sean John Clothing line.

The accusation details that McKinney, a promising young model at the time, was introduced to Combs through an unidentified fashion designer. This individual is said to have selected McKinney’s attire specifically to catch Combs’ attention before presenting her to him at Cipriani Downtown, an esteemed New York eatery.

The legal documents contend that throughout the dinner, Combs openly made provocative comments about McKinney, in the presence of others including the designer. McKinney was later invited to Combs’ studio, where he and several men were allegedly consuming alcohol and marijuana, as per the court filing.

McKinney’s statement in the legal documents suggests that Combs offered her a marijuana joint with the implication that it was enhanced with another substance. Despite her reluctance, the document states that Combs pressured her to continue drinking and smoking. Following this, the litigation claims that McKinney was coerced into sexual acts by Combs, later losing consciousness and awakening in a taxi.

CBS News has made attempts to reach out to Combs’ team for remarks, while Universal Music Group has refrained from commenting as they review the legal claims.

A Homeland Security Investigations vehicle stands parked outside Sean “Diddy” Combs’ residence in Los Angeles, as seen on March 25, 2024.

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The lawsuit also claims that after the incident, McKinney saw a decline in her modeling job offers, allegedly as a result of Combs using his influence to derail her career. McKinney reports suffering from anxiety, depression, substance dependencies, and an attempt at self-harm in 2004.

Recent developments include a security video aired by CNN depicting Combs in a 2016 confrontation with singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel. Combs has since publicly acknowledged the incident and apologized for his behavior, claiming full responsibility. Additionally, he is seeking the dismissal of another lawsuit that charges him with the assault of a 17-year-old girl in 2003. He described the allegation as “false and dreadful” and submitted it was raised past the legal time limit.

This spring, a series of police searches was conducted at Combs’ properties in Los Angeles and Miami linked to a possible sex trafficking probe, with officials stating U.S. Homeland Security Investigations were involved.

A pattern of accusations against Combs surfaced with claims from two women in November last year, closely following the resolution of a lawsuit involving singer Cassie. Another lawsuit was filed in February by a male music producer accusing Combs of sexual misconduct.

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