Sean 'Diddy' Combs Seeks Dismissal of 2003 Rape Lawsuit

Sean "Diddy" Combs files motion to dismiss lawsuit accusing him of raping a 17-year-old girl in 2003, citing statute of limitations. Plaintiff alleges Combs, his associate, and another man drugged and assaulted her at a New York recording studio.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Seeks Dismissal of 2003 Rape Lawsuit

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Seeks Dismissal of 2003 Rape Lawsuit

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the renowned rap mogul, has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him and two co-defendants of raping a 17-year-old girl in a New York recording studio in 2003. The lawsuit, claims originally filed in December 2023 and amended in March 2024, alleges that Combs, along with his former business associate Harve Pierre and a third unidentified man, drugged and sexually assaulted the plaintiff, who is now a resident of Canada.

Why this matters: The outcome of this lawsuit and the ongoing investigations have significant implications for the music industry's accountability in addressing sexual misconduct allegations. Moreover, the case highlights the importance of addressing sexual violence and ensuring that victims' voices are heard, even in high-profile cases involving powerful figures.

In their motion to dismiss, Combs' legal team argues that the lawsuit was filed too late under the law, labeling the allegations as "false and hideous." They contend that the claim is time-barred based on the seven-year statute of limitations under New York City's Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Law (VGM). Combs' attorneys assert that the VGM is preempted by state law, meaning the lawsuit needed to be filed by August 2021 to be considered timely.

The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, claims she met Pierre at a Detroit nightclub before being flown to Combs' studio in New York City, where she was allegedly given drugs and alcohol until she was incapable of consenting to sexual activity. The lawsuit states that Combs, Pierre, and the third assailant took turns raping her. Photographs purportedly taken on the night of the alleged incident, including one showing the plaintiff sitting on Combs' lap, have been included in the filing.

Combs and his companies have categorically denied the allegations, stating in their filing, "Mr. Combs and his companies categorically deny Plaintiff's decades-old tale against them, which has caused incalculable damage to their reputations and business standing before any evidence has been presented." They argue that the plaintiff's inability to specify the exact date and time of the alleged incident undermines her claims, never, false and that the case should be dismissed with prejudice to protect the defendants from further reputational harm.

In response to the motion to dismiss, one of the plaintiff's attorneys, Michael J. Willemin, dismissed Combs' actions as a "desperate attempt" to evade accountability, asserting that the motion would not deter the pursuit of justice for his client. The judge overseeing the case has ruled that the plaintiff must disclose her identity if the lawsuit proceeds after this legal challenge.

This lawsuit is part of a series of similar allegations and legal battles faced by Combs in recent months. In November 2023, his ex-girlfriend Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura filed a lawsuit against him, which was settled the day after its filing. Combs is also the subject of a federal sex trafficking investigation, with his homes in Los Angeles and Miami being raided by Homeland Security in March 2024. Despite the ongoing legal challenges, Combs has consistently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and has not been charged with any crimes.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the court will consider Combs' motion to dismiss the lawsuit based on the statute of limitations argument. If the case moves forward, it could potentially lead to further revelations and legal consequences for the music mogul. The outcome of this lawsuit and the ongoing investigations will undoubtedly have significant implications for Combs' reputation and career in the entertainment industry.

Key Takeaways

  • Sean "Diddy" Combs files motion to dismiss lawsuit accusing him of raping a 17-year-old girl in 2003.
  • The lawsuit alleges Combs, Harve Pierre, and a third man drugged and sexually assaulted the plaintiff.
  • Combs' legal team argues the lawsuit is time-barred due to the 7-year statute of limitations.
  • The plaintiff claims she was given drugs and alcohol, then raped by the three men at Combs' studio.
  • The outcome of the lawsuit has significant implications for the music industry's accountability on sexual misconduct.