Inside the Federal Probe of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Federal agents intensify scrutiny on music mogul Combs.

by Nouman Rasool
Inside the Federal Probe of Sean 'Diddy' Combs
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Months after singer Cassie Ventura's legal action against her ex, Sean "Diddy" Combs, his circumstances have drastically changed. Combs' past as a revered industry influencer, from an intern to a music mogul, now shadows a series of legal challenges.

Ventura's settled lawsuit from November accused Combs of se-ual assault in 2018 and ongoing abuse during their relationship. Recently, Combs has faced additional allegations in seven other lawsuits involving se-ual misconduct and other illegal acts, which he has denied chiefly.

Amid these civil suits, a 2016 video released by CNN showing Combs assaulting Ventura has resurfaced but is inadmissible in court due to statute limitations. However, it could be pivotal in a federal investigation concerning s-x trafficking allegations against Combs.

Sources indicate that federal agents might soon summon Combs' accusers before a grand jury in New York, suggesting a move toward a possible indictment. The probe, driven by the US Justice Department, is reportedly examining these allegations deeply, with potential charges including money laundering and illegal narcotics.

According to insiders, the investigation's breadth extends beyond the current lawsuits.

Combs' Properties Searched

Key developments in the investigation occurred on March 25, with federal agents searching Combs' properties in Miami and Los Angeles.

These actions, part of a Homeland Security Investigations operation, reflect ongoing scrutiny based on the same allegations from the civil lawsuits. During the searches, Combs' two adult sons were briefly detained, causing public outcry over the perceived excessive force used, particularly highlighting racial dynamics.

This incident has intensified scrutiny of the treatment of African Americans in legal processes. In a separate but related development, producer Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones has sued Combs, accusing him of racketeering, se-ual assault, and s-x trafficking connected to his recent album production.

These severe charges, complemented by claims from Ventura of being coerced into s-x acts, paint a complex picture of Combs' legal entanglements. As federal investigators gather evidence, possibly including videos from Combs' homes, the case against him appears to be solidifying.

This situation echoes the federal approach in the R. Kelly s-x trafficking case, potentially using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to establish a broader criminal network, which could significantly impact Combs' future legal battles.