It’s been a busy few months for music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. Starting in November 2023, the famous producer has been involved in numerous lawsuits alleging sexual assault and harassment. The allegations recently became even more serious when two of Combs’ homes were raided by U.S. authorities.

What is Combs accused of doing? And what potential consequences does he face?

The Start of a Legal Firestorm

The legal firestorm facing Sean “Diddy” Combs, 54, may have officially started in November 2023 when Combs’ former partner and performer Casandra “ Cassie” Ventura filed a civil lawsuit against him.

In the lawsuit, Ventura said she was beat and raped by Combs and that she was forced into “unwanted sexual encounters with male sex workers,” as reported by The Independent. Ventura said Combs’ assaults on her took place over a ten-year period, during which time she also claimed he engaged in sex trafficking, human trafficking, sexual assault and battery, gender-motivated violence, and sexual harassment, per CNN.

In a statement emailed to CNN, Combs’ attorney Ben Brafman said, “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”

While Combs denied the allegations, he quickly settled the case.

Just one day after the lawsuit was filed, Combs and Ventura agreed to a settlement for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Floodgates Opened

Ventura’s case paved the way for additional lawsuits to be filed against Combs.

Dickerson-Neal Case

A few days after the settlement in November 2023, Joie Dickerson-Neal filed a lawsuit alleging that Combs drugged and sexually assaulted her while she was a college student in 1991. Dickerson-Neal, who met Combs while performing in one of his music videos, said Combs recorded her assault and then showed it to other people.

Combs’ team says the lawsuit is a “money grab.” He has until April 12, 2024, to respond to the lawsuit.

Jones Case

In early March 2024, producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones filed a lawsuit accusing Combs of racketeering, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Jones says he was “subjected to unwanted advances by associates of Combs at his direction” and forced to engage in relations with the sex workers Combs had hired.

The lawsuit also alleges that Combs regularly hosted “sex-trafficking parties” with underage women and illegal drugs, and it names other high-profile celebrities, such as Cuba Gooding Jr., who Jones says participated in the illegal activity.

Combs’ team calls the allegations “lies.” They are working to dismiss the case.

Additional Cases 

In November 2023, Liza Gardner sued Combs along with MCA Music Entertainment Group, Geffen Records, and Universal Music Group. Gardner says Combs assaulted and raped her. In March 2024, an anonymous women filed a complaint accusing Combs and two others of sex trafficking and gang rape in 2003.

Combs says both lawsuits are false and has yet to file a response in either case.

Resulting in a Raid on Combs’ Home

As Combs faces multiple civil lawsuits, he is now potentially facing criminal charges.

On March 25, 2024, federal agents with U.S. Homeland Security raided Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami.

Homeland Security Investigations said in a statement that it had “executed law enforcement actions as part of an ongoing investigation.”

During the raid, authorities said they seized phones. Two of Combs’ sons, Justin and Christian, were seen in handcuffs, but they were not formally arrested, according to Newsweek. Combs was not at either home at the time of the raids.

Not much is known about the current federal investigation into Combs, but a source close to the investigation said three women and a man have been interviewed by federal officials in Manhattan in relation to allegations of sex trafficking, sexual assault, and the solicitation and distribution of illegal narcotics and firearms, per NBC News.

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Where Does This Leave Combs?

Combs is facing at least four civil lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault. Since the cases are civil, Combs faces no jail time even if he loses the lawsuits. He may potentially need to pay damages to the victims if they win their cases.

Combs currently does not face criminal charges regarding the raid at his home, but he is being investigated for potential crimes by the Southern District of New York. It’s difficult to know what potential consequences he may face until he is formally charged with a crime.

Related: What’s the Difference Between a Civil and Criminal Case?

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