Sean 'Diddy' Combs Seeks Dismissal of Select Claims in Se--al Assault Suit

Diddy Confronts Historical Legal Allegations in Court.

by Nouman Rasool
Sean 'Diddy' Combs Seeks Dismissal of Select Claims in Se--al Assault Suit
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The latest legal move says that attorneys for Sean "Diddy" Combs filed a motion in a New York court where he asked for the dismissal of several allegations put against him in a se--al assault lawsuit. He's argued some of those in the suit don't apply as they refer to laws that were not in existence when the alleged incidents took place in 1991.

The lawsuit was filed by Joi Dickerson-Deal, accusing Combs of raping her after reportedly drugging her while they were out on a date in Harlem when she was 19 and still in college. According to court documents, Combs se--ally attacked Dickerson-Deal and secretly videoed the attack before circulating the tape to associates in the music business.

Legal Grounds Challenged

Dickerson-Deal's accusations include severe charges such as revenge porn and human trafficking, both of which Combs' attorneys are seeking to dismiss. The defense will also emphasize that the New York State Revenge Porn Law, which the revenge porn charge against Dickerson-Deal is based on, was enacted as late as 2019, therefore not in effect to hold anyone accountable for actions committed by Dickerson nearly three decades ago.

Equally, the New York Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Law, which is cited in the lawsuit, came into effect in 2007. This latest move by Combs' attorneys comes in the wake of a string of shocking allegations against the music mogul, as he faces a number of lawsuits on charges of se--al abuse.Notably, federal authorities raided Combs' properties in Los Angeles and Miami last month as part of a s-x trafficking investigation, signaling a significant intensification in the legal challenges facing him.

Additionally, in November, just a day after its filing, Combs settled a lawsuit with his former protege and girlfriend, the R&B singer Cassie, who alleged years of se--al abuse, including coerced encounters with male prostitutes, filmed by Combs himself.

In another separate case filed in February, a music producer claimed Combs had coerced him into soliciting prostitutes and participating in se--al acts. Despite the mounting allegations and the broad media coverage accompanying them, Combs and his legal team have consistently denied all claims made in these lawsuits.

The outcome of this motion to dismiss certain claims could be pivotal for Combs, potentially influencing the direction of the ongoing and any future legal proceedings against him.