Shortly after resolving a legal dispute with former Bad Boy artist Cassie, in which she accused him of rape, Sean “Diddy” Combs is now confronted with additional sexual assault allegations. Joi Dickerson-Neal filed a complaint on Thursday in New York Supreme Court, asserting that Combs “drugged, sexually assaulted and abused” her, accompanied by claims of revenge porn orchestrated by the rapper.
The lawsuit, also targeting Combs’ companies Bad Boy Entertainment and Combs Enterprises, was filed under the Adult Survivors Act, providing a one-year window for alleged victims to file civil suits beyond standard statute limitations—the final day for filing under this act was Thursday.
According to the complaint, Dickerson-Neal met Combs while a student at Syracuse University in 1991, agreeing to attend a dinner with him after featuring in one of his music videos. The suit contends that Combs intentionally drugged Dickerson-Neal during the dinner, sexually assaulted her, recorded the incident, and shared the video.
Dickerson-Neal seeks compensation for alleged “substantial and lifetime injuries,” including severe depression and suicidal thoughts resulting from the purported assault. She demands a trial by jury, seeking redress for “mental and emotional injury, distress, pain and suffering, and injury to her reputation.”
Variety’s request for comment from Combs and his businesses went unanswered, but a spokesperson for Combs dismissed the allegations as “made up and not credible,” labeling the suit a “purely a money grab.” The spokesperson argued that the lawsuit misused a well-intentioned law and insisted that Mr. Combs never assaulted Dickerson-Neal, asserting that she implicates companies that did not exist.
This recent lawsuit follows one from Casandra Ventura (Cassie) last week, accusing Combs of rape and abuse over a decade. Combs denied the claims, and the two reached a settlement just one day after the suit was filed. In a statement, Cassie expressed her desire to resolve the matter amicably, thanking her family, fans, and lawyers for their support. Combs, in turn, wished Cassie and her family well, with his attorney emphasizing that settling a lawsuit does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing and reiterating Combs’ denial of the allegations.