Nov 23 (Reuters) – Sean “Diddy” Combs has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a college student in 1991 in a lawsuit filed in a New York court on Thursday, the second such lawsuit filed against the hip mogul hop in last week.
The complaint against Combs is among a series of lawsuits filed this week against public figures under the New York State Adult Survivors Act, before a special one-year deadline for such complaints expires. The law allows these types of lawsuits to be filed in court even if the statute of limitations has expired.
The lawsuit alleges that Combs intentionally drugged and sexually assaulted Joi Dickerson-Neal, who was a Syracuse University student visiting New York City at the time of the alleged incident in January 1991.
Combs is also accused of videotaping the alleged crime and distributing the tape to others in the music industry.
“The sexual assault and its public exposure caused her overwhelming feelings of humiliation, shame, violation, and constant apprehension about who saw it,” Dickerson-Neal’s attorneys wrote in the complaint.
Dickerson-Neal is seeking unspecified compensatory damages for mental and emotional injuries, anguish, pain and suffering, and damage to her reputation, according to the lawsuit.
A spokesperson for Combs said Dickerson-Neal’s story is “fabricated and not credible” and that the rapper never assaulted her.
“This is purely a money grab and nothing more,” the spokesperson said in an email.
The complaint against Combs comes a week after he settled a lawsuit from his ex-girlfriend, R&B vocalist Cassandra Ventura, accusing the rapper of serial physical abuse, sexual slavery and rape. Combs had strongly denied all allegations.
Combs, 54, founder of Bad Boy Records, is one of hip-hop’s most influential producers and executives, as well as the entrepreneur of his own Sean John clothing line.
Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Editing by Bill Berkrot
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