Diddy Accused of Sexually Assaulting, Drugging Another Woman When She Was in College
UPDATE (NOV. 23):
On Thursday (Nov. 23), Sean "Diddy" Combs' spokesperson released a statement to XXL concerning the newest lawsuit against the hip-hop mogul.
"This last-minute lawsuit is an example of how a well-intentioned law can be turned on its head," the statement reads. "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."
ORIGINAL STORY (NOV. 23):
Diddy is facing another lawsuit from a woman who is accusing the hip-hop mogul of drugging and sexually assaulting her when she was in college.
Diddy Faces Another Lawsuit, Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Woman
According to an NBC News report, published on Thursday (Nov. 23), Sean "Diddy" Combs was hit with another lawsuit by a woman who claims that the Bad Boy Entertainment founder drugged her, sexually assaulted her and recorded the assault without her knowledge when she was a college student in 1991.
Joi Dickerson-Neal's 22-page civil suit was filed on Thursday under the New York Adult Survivors Act, just one day before its expiration on Nov. 24. This law allows individuals who have allegedly experienced sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits after the statute of limitations has expired. You can view Ms. Dickerson's legal complaint below.
The new lawsuit against Diddy revolves around an alleged incident between Dickerson and Diddy on Jan. 3, 1991, when she was a student at Syracuse University studying psychology. Dickerson alleges that she went to dinner with Diddy at a restaurant in Harlem, N.Y., and accompanied him on errands, even though she was reluctant to do so. The lawsuit also states that she was on winter break from school at the time.
The alleged victim claims that Diddy "intentionally drugged" her, which left her incapacitated. In the lawsuit, Dickerson alleges she left her drink unattended with him at the restaurant and afterward took a hit of a blunt while under pressure from Diddy. They then drove to a music studio and when Dickerson couldn't leave the car on her own, Diddy allegedly took her to a place he was staying at. That's when she claims Diddy sexually assaulted her, according to her suit.
Dickerson states in her complaint that she recalled feeling "humiliated and hurt, yet she could not escape the assault." Since she had been allegedly drugged, the alleged victim claims she "lacked the physical ability or mental capacity to fend Diddy off."
Other allegations include that she was the victim of "revenge porn." She accuses Diddy of recording the sexual assault as well. Dickerson says in her suit that days after the alleged assault, a male friend named DeVanté Swing, a member of the revered 1990's R&B quartet Jodeci, revealed to her that he viewed a "sex tape." Other people reportedly saw the tape as well. She added that Swing feared his band would lose its record deal if he spoke against Diddy.
Dickerson claims that her life was turned upside down after the alleged incident with Diddy, according to the complaint. She was later admitted to a hospital for severe depression and suicidal ideation and eventually dropped out of college. The victim stated that the assault left her struggling with mental health issues, career progression and humiliation as a result of the recording of the incident.
According to Dickerson, Diddy pursued her "for a romantic or sexual relationship" repeatedly, but she rejected his advances because she was aware of his "history of treating women badly."
Dickerson claims she filed police reports in New York and New Jersey, and spoke to several prosecutors with the hope of pressing charges. She also reached out to friends and acquaintances to locate the video that Diddy allegedly recorded of her, according to the lawsuit.
XXL has reached out to Diddy's attorney, Ben Brafman, for comment.
Woman Says Cassie's Lawsuit Prompted Her to File Legal Action Against Diddy
Dickerson's lawsuit comes after Diddy "amicably" settled Cassie's lawsuit against him. The former R&B singer accused Diddy of rape, physical abuse and sex trafficking during their decade-long relationship.
Dickerson said that Cassie's lawsuit against Diddy last week was the catalyst in filing her legal complaint against Diddy. Her suit names Diddy, Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records and Combs Enterprises as defendants. She's accusing Diddy of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sex trafficking and revenge porn. NBC News reports Dickerson-Neal is seeking compensatory damages for mental and emotional injury, distress, pain and suffering and injury.
"Just so we're clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing," Brafman said in a statement released to the media. "Combs' decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best."
This Is the Third Lawsuit Against Diddy or His Company That Alleges Sexual Assault
According to NBC News, this is the third lawsuit filed against Diddy or one of his companies alleging sexual abuse by him or someone associated with him. The first was the lawsuit filed by Cassie on Nov. 16, in which she accused Diddy of rape and years of physical abuse. He and the singer settled for an undisclosed amount a day after the lawsuit was filed.
On Wednesday (Nov. 22), Harve Pierre, a former executive at Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, was hit with a lawsuit by a woman, described only as Jane Doe in the complaint. She accuses Pierre of grooming and sexually assaulting her during her time working with him as an assistant at the storied record label.
The alleged victim claimed she was sexually assaulted by Pierre on multiple occasions between 2016-2017. The woman is seeking damages to "fully and fairly compensate" her for the physical, emotional and psychological injuries she has suffered as a result of the alleged assaults.