Sean «Diddy» Combs’ homes were raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

Sean «Diddy» Combs’ homes were raided by US law enforcement.  Here’s what we know
Sean «Diddy» Combs’ homes were raided by US law enforcement.  Here’s what we know

homes belonging to Sean «Diddy» Combs in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by US Homeland Security officials on Monday, March 25.

The rapper and music mogul – who is credited with helping launch the careers of artists including Biggie Smalls, Mary J Blige and Usher – has faced a string of different allegations over the past six months, including sexual assault.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Why are homes searched?

Combs’ Los Angeles mansion is in the prestigious Holmby Hills area, near Bel Air and Beverly Hills, while his Miami Beach home is located on exclusive Starr Island.

The raids were «in connection with a federal human trafficking investigation for sex trafficking,» according to Fox 11, which first reported the raids.

In a statement released Monday, Homeland Security said: “Earlier today, Homeland Security Investigations in New York City conducted an enforcement action as part of an ongoing investigation with the assistance of HSI Los Angeles, HSI Miami and our local law enforcement partners.

«We will provide additional information as it becomes available.»

Law enforcement officers outside a home owned by Sean «Diddy» Combs in Los Angeles

(AP)

NBC News cited an unnamed source as saying that three women and one man have been interviewed by federal agents in Manhattan and three other interviews are scheduled on allegations of sex trafficking, sexual assault and the solicitation and distribution of illegal drugs and firearms.

It remains unconfirmed whether Combs himself is the focus of the investigation,

Fox 11 also shared video of the attack taken from an overhead helicopter that showed several people in handcuffs outside the property, including two men.

The homes of Sean «Diddy» Combs are raided by feds

What are the charges against Combs?

The 54-year-old rapper and music mogul has faced a series of sexual assault allegations in recent months.

In February, a male music producer accused Combs of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to sleep with sex workers.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, accuses the music mogul of repeated incidents of unwanted groping and sexual touching. Additionally, the man is said to have to work in the bathroom while Combs showers and walks around naked.

Another lawsuit filed in December alleges Combs gang-raped a 17-year-old girl in 2003.

The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, accused Combs of drugging and drinking her in his New York studio and then raping her along with two associates.

The suit accuses Combs of a «sex trafficking scheme» in which Jane Doe was flown on a private plane from her home in Michigan to New York.

Combs has vehemently denied all the allegations against him.

Lawsuit with Cassie

In November, he and R&B singer Cassie, whose full name is Cassandra Ventura, settled a lawsuit after she claimed she was trafficked, raped and beaten by the rapper numerous times over a 10-year period.

Cassie (left) and Sean «Diddy» Combs at the 2017 Met Gala

(Getty Images)

Her lawsuit alleges that Combs led the singer into his «flamboyant, fast-paced and drug-fueled lifestyle» shortly after she met him and signed her to his label when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005 Mr.

Cassie said the pattern of abuse began soon after their relationship began, and that while she tried to end it in 2018, he forced her into her Los Angeles home and raped her.

Her charges against Combs were brought through New York’s Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which expired at midnight on November 23, 2023.

The act gave survivors a one-year window to file a civil case regardless of when the abuse took place, meaning decades-old incidents were finally brought to light.

More than 2,500 cases have been filed under the ASA before it expires at midnight on November 23, 2023, court records sent to The Independent show.

Survivors have filed lawsuits against some of the state’s most powerful people, including entertainment majors such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Axel Rose and Combs.

What did Combs say?

The tycoon categorically denied all the accusations against him and vowed to «fight for his name, his family and the truth.»

In a statement in December, following the Jane Doe lawsuit, he called the allegations «disgusting» and said his accusers were «looking for a quick payday.»

«Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the terrible things alleged,» he said in a statement. «I will fight for my name, my family and the truth.

Combs has vehemently denied all the allegations against him

(Getty Images for MTV)

Combs’ attorney, Sean Holley, described the events described in the lawsuit as «pure fiction.»

«We have compelling, irrefutable evidence that his claims are complete lies,» he said. “We will look into these outlandish allegations in court and take all appropriate action against those who make them.

After the Ventura settlement, said Ben Brafman, another lawyer for Combs The Independent: “To be clear, the decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.

«Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the case in no way undermines his categorical denial of the claims.

«He is happy that they have reached a mutual agreement and wishes Ms. Ventura all the best.»

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