Sean Diddy Combs faces new lawsuit over assault

Model Crystal McKinney has filed a legal case against Sean Diddy Combs, accusing him of assault

Crystal McKinney, a model, has recently accused music mogul Sean Diddy Combs of drugging and sexual assault.

McKinney’s encounter with Combs occurred at a Men’s Fashion Week celebration held at Cipriani Downtown after being introduced to him by a fashion designer. She had been led to believe that meeting Combs would significantly benefit her professional aspirations.

In preparation for their meeting, McKinney altered her hair color and dressed in a specially selected outfit to catch Combs’ attention. Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, intimated to McKinney, who was 22 at the time, his influence in the fashion world and his ability to further her career. The lawsuit outlines a sequence of suggestive actions and “playful” comments from Combs that culminated in an invitation to his recording studio for a more personal acquaintance.

McKinney claims that, once there, Combs and an accomplice coerced her into consuming marijuana and alcohol, which ultimately led to her being vulnerable to assault. Combs is accused of forcibly kissing McKinney in a restroom and coercing her into engaging in a non-consensual sexual act. She later regained consciousness in a taxi en route to her residence.

People magazine has cited court documents wherein McKinney details being ostracized in her profession following the incident and recounts a hospitalization following an attempted suicide in 2004. McKinney has reportedly preserved the outfit she wore that evening, unwashed, inside a plastic covering in her closet.

As one of six individuals accusing Combs, McKinney is seeking the reimbursement of legal expenses, as well as both compensatory and punitive damages. This lawsuit follows Combs’ recent admission and subsequent apology for a 2016 incident involving his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura, in which he was reported to have physically abused her in a Los Angeles hotel.

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