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A woman has filed a new lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs, accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting her during her time as a college student in 1991.
The lawsuit, submitted on Thursday to the New York Supreme Court, alleges that the woman was subjected to “revenge porn” when the rap mogul recorded her during the reported incident.
One week following allegations of rape and ongoing physical mistreatment from his former partner, R&B artist Cassie, Mr. Combs faced further accusations.
Both cases have been filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which provides survivors a one-year window to pursue civil litigation regardless of when the abuse occurred. The act is due to expire on Friday.
The latest legal case brought against Mr. Combs revolves around an alleged incident between him and Joi Dickerson-Neal on January 3, 1991. At the time, Ms. Dickerson-Neal was a student at Syracuse University. Her identity has been verified by her representatives to American media outlets.
Based on the report obtained by various US media, Ms Dickerson-Neal stated that she accompanied Mr Combs to a dinner in Harlem, New York City, against her will. She further claimed that he deliberately drugged her, causing her to lose the ability to stand or walk.
Afterwards, they traveled to a recording studio. When Ms. Dickerson-Neal was unable to leave the vehicle, Mr. Combs reportedly brought her to his residence and sexually assaulted her, according to the lawsuit.
According to the documents, Ms Dickerson-Neal felt humiliated and hurt during the assault, but was unable to escape due to being drugged. She also stated that she did not have the physical or mental ability to defend herself against Combs.
Based on reports from US sources, the accusation also claims that Ms Dickerson-Neal was a target of “revenge porn,” with Mr Combs being accused of recording the supposed sexual assault.
The reported occurrence resulted in Ms. Dickerson-Neal being admitted to the hospital for intense depression and thoughts of suicide, ultimately causing her to withdraw from college.
According to reports from US outlets, the complaint stated that as Combs’ success and wealth grew rapidly, she attempted to ignore his presence. Pursuing legal action against Combs is another part of her journey towards seeking justice.
According to reports, Bad Boy Records and Combs Enterprises are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
According to a statement given to The Independent, a representative for Mr. Combs mentioned the ASA and stated that the last-minute lawsuit is a prime example of a well-meaning law being twisted.
“Ms Dickerson’s 32-year-old story is made up and not credible. Mr Combs never assaulted her, and she implicates companies that did not exist. This is purely a money grab and nothing more.”
Last week, Cassie, who goes by her real name Cassandra Ventura, filed a separate lawsuit against the music mogul, claiming that he exposed her to a lifestyle of excessive alcohol and substance abuse and coerced her into having sex with multiple male prostitutes while he filmed the acts.
According to reports, the couple broke up in 2018 after being together for a decade.
“I am now ready to share my story after years of remaining silent and hidden,” Ms Ventura declared in a statement to The Independent. She hopes to use her voice to not only advocate for herself but also for other women who have experienced violence and abuse in their own relationships.
“As the deadline for New York’s Adult Survivors Act drew near, it became apparent that this was a chance for me to share my story and the ongoing impact of the trauma I have endured.”
In light of Ms. Ventura’s accusations, Ben Brafman, the lawyer representing Mr. Combs, stated to The Independent that Mr. Combs strongly refutes these offensive and shocking claims.
In the last six months, Ms Ventura has continuously demanded $30 million from Mr Combs, threatening to write a harmful book about their relationship. This demand was firmly refused and considered an obvious form of blackmail.
“Although she initially withdrew her threat, Ms. Ventura has now chosen to file a lawsuit filled with unfounded and absurd accusations, with the goal of damaging Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking financial gain.”