In a mounting legal challenge for rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, a second sexual assault lawsuit has been filed against him, just a week after settling a case with former partner Cassie. Joi Dickerson-Neal alleges that in 1991, Combs drugged and sexually assaulted her during a date, further accusing him of engaging in “revenge porn” by recording and distributing the alleged assault.
The lawsuit was strategically filed on the eve of the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act, allowing survivors of historical sexual abuse a one-year window to bring cases to court, regardless of the original statute of limitations.
Dickerson-Neal, a psychology student at Syracuse University in 1991, claims she reluctantly went to dinner with Combs in Harlem, where he intentionally drugged her, rendering her unable to stand or walk.
The lawsuit asserts that Combs then sexually assaulted her and recorded the act, later showing the footage to others. The plaintiff contends that the assault had severe and lasting effects, leading to mental health struggles and eventually dropping out of college.
Combs’ spokesperson vehemently denies the allegations, dismissing them as a “made-up” and “not credible” scheme for financial gain. The representative claims that the lawsuit is an exploitation of a well-intentioned law, emphasizing that Combs never assaulted the plaintiff and implicates companies that did not exist at the time.
“This last-minute lawsuit is an example of how a well-intentioned law can be turned on its head,” the spokesperson said. “Mr. Combs never assaulted her, and she implicates companies that did not exist.” Added the spokesperson.
This legal development comes on the heels of Combs settling a case with Cassie, who accused him of rape and abuse over a decade. The lawsuits against Combs are part of a broader trend, with the Adult Survivors Act enabling survivors to bring forward historical abuse cases against high-profile figures. Notably, the legal deadline prompted a flurry of similar lawsuits against other public figures like Jamie Foxx and Axl Rose.