Manufacturer alleges in new criticism that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was once all in favour of taking pictures at recording studio

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Manufacturer alleges in new criticism that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was once all in favour of taking pictures at recording studio

LOS ANGELES — A tune manufacturer who’s suing Sean “Diddy” Combs is doubling down on allegations that Combs and his son have been all in favour of a taking pictures that came about at an L.A. recording studio in 2022, in addition to allegations of harassment.

Combs was once sued Feb. 26 via Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, a manufacturer on his most up-to-date album, who alleged Combs sexually confused, drugged and threatened him whilst he traveled and lived with Combs from September 2022 to November 2023.

Within the preliminary criticism, filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, Jones additionally detailed a taking pictures at a “writers and manufacturers camp” held at Chalice Recording Studio in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2022. Along with Jones, he stated Combs; Combs’ son, Justin; and Justin’s buddy, known as “G,” have been there.

The main points equipped in that criticism, and an amended criticism filed Monday, alternatively, range from details about the taking pictures equipped via the Los Angeles Police Division and Combs’ legal professional, Shawn Holley.

The go well with additionally alleges that Combs is a part of a “RICO undertaking” and that he and others are all in favour of a “intercourse trafficking project.” A RICO undertaking is when folks or teams act in combination to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is supposed to focus on arranged crime. The criticism is the newest felony bother for Combs, who has been hit with quite a few fresh complaints, together with more than one allegations of sexual attack.

The taking pictures

The unique criticism contains Jones’ account that he heard more than one gunshots after a “heated dialog” in a close-by rest room. When the toilet door opened, Combs and his son walked out and Jones discovered G “mendacity at the restroom ground in a fetal place, protecting his abdomen and bleeding out of his leg/hip space,” the lawsuit stated.

Jones stated he introduced the sufferer to the entrance of the studio, the place an ambulance was once ready. The Los Angeles Hearth Division has now not spoke back to a request closing week for more info in regards to the taking pictures.

Jones alleged within the go well with that Combs recommended him to inform police Combs had not anything to do with the taking pictures and that it took place out of doors of the studio via a drive-by assailant. Jones maintained that G was once now not shot out of doors of Chalice.

Chalice Recording Studio didn’t straight away reply to a request for remark Monday. It additionally didn’t reply to a prior request for remark closing week.

Chalice Recording Studio in Los Angeles (Google Maps)

Chalice Recording Studio in Los Angeles (Google Maps)

The amended submitting features a message allegedly despatched via Chalice to an unnamed individual declaring: “The taking pictures took place a part a block clear of Chalice and it was once a results of a theft. There are police studies corroborating this. Please look ahead to information to return out prior to you get started contributing to the defamation of our group.”

That traces up with Holley’s figuring out of the series of occasions.

“When LAPD arrived on scene, it was once straight away decided (conclusively) that the taking pictures happened a long way from the studio,” she stated Monday.

The amended criticism additionally states, bringing up a media document, that Holley claimed G went to the studio after he was once shot.

However Jones’ authentic go well with claims the LAPD was once within Chalice and “witnessed the blood within the restroom,” however nonetheless “went with the synthetic declare” that the taking pictures happened out of doors of the studio.

Integrated within the authentic submitting are screenshots purportedly appearing “the aftermath of the restroom the place G was once shot via both Mr. Combs or J. Combs.” NBC Information has now not been in a position to spot the crimson liquid depicted within the screenshots. Jones additionally claimed he has the clothes he wore the day of the taking pictures, which he says can have the DNA of the taking pictures sufferer.

The amended submitting additionally features a picture of Combs purportedly on the studio at the evening in query. The submitting states Combs and his son weren’t on the studio when the police arrived and alleges that Combs and his son “concealed out” in every other studio whilst police investigated and have been the primary to depart after officials departed.

Holley on Monday disputed that account, pronouncing “it’s my figuring out that Sean and Justin have been at a fully other a part of the studio when the taking pictures sufferer bumped into the toilet.”

She added that she does now not imagine police interviewed Combs or his son.

NBC Information has now not showed whether or not Combs and his son have been interviewed. Capt. Kelly Muniz stated Saturday the LAPD would now not remark at the pending civil go well with or any of the precise allegations.

Representatives for Justin Combs on Feb. 27 denied the allegations filed within the authentic criticism, which they referred to as “absurd” and “lies,” and stated there can be “felony penalties for ALL defamatory statements made in regards to the Combs circle of relatives.”

LAPD’s account

Los Angeles police have stated officials spoke back to a choice of a imaginable taking pictures early on Sept. 12, 2022, at the 800 block of N. Highland Street — the similar block as Chalice.

Police stated the sufferer informed them two other folks approached him whilst he was once subsequent to his automobile, which was once parked in the street, demanded his belongings and shot him within the torso after a combat.

Two months later, police arrested 3 other folks and alleged they have been answerable for a chain of robberies all the way through town and in all probability others. A police spokesman informed NBC Information that integrated the Sept. 12 taking pictures.

On Tuesday, Holley informed NBC Information that Los Angeles police showed the taking pictures didn’t occur at or close to the studio, that Combs was once now not a suspect and that folks concerned are being prosecuted.

The LAPD didn’t in particular reply to the preliminary allegations detailed within the authentic criticism, however a supply conversant in the investigation informed NBC Information that Combs was once now not concerned within the investigation. NBC Information has now not showed whether or not Combs was once interviewed.

Non-public investigator discussed in amended criticism

Within the authentic criticism, Jones alleged that Combs referred to as Jones in August 2022 to request that Jones produce a number of songs at the R&B album “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” which was once launched in September 2023 and was once nominated for a Grammy.

Jones alleged within the authentic criticism that over the path in their time dwelling and dealing in combination, Combs sexually confused and assaulted Jones more than one occasions. He stated he was once additionally compelled to solicit intercourse staff and carry out intercourse acts with them to delight Combs.

In a single alleged example Jones stated happened in February of closing yr, he stated he aroused from sleep bare, dizzy and puzzled in mattress with Combs and two intercourse staff, and that he believes Combs drugged him.

Within the authentic criticism, Jones stated he has masses of hours of video and audio to strengthen his allegations of sexual harassment as a result of Combs incessantly required Jones to “document him repeatedly.” The video and audio of Combs, his group of workers and his visitors allegedly presentations them “enticing in critical criminality,” the go well with stated.

Holley, an legal professional for Combs, on Feb. 26 referred to as Jones’ allegations within the authentic submitting “entire lies,” including: “We will be able to cope with those outlandish allegations in court docket and take all suitable motion towards those that cause them to.”

Within the go well with filed Feb. 26, Jones described Combs as “forceful and significant” and somebody who does now not take no for a solution. Jones alleged that Combs, being one of the vital influential other folks within the tune business, leveraged his energy to intimidate Jones, together with via making threats that he would motive physically hurt to Jones if he didn’t agree to Combs’ calls for.

“Mr. Combs persistently made it transparent that he has immense energy within the tune business and with regulation enforcement,” the lawsuit stated.

Within the amended criticism, Jones alleged that he discovered closing week {that a} non-public investigator, who he claims is connected to Combs, sought out, confused and bribed a detailed buddy “to supply filth” on Jones.

Jones claimed the investigator tried to bribe the buddy to provide proof to “paint Mr. Jones in a nasty gentle.” The submitting alleges Jones’ buddy is now afraid for his or her protection and that in their circle of relatives following the alleged communique.

Representatives for Combs didn’t straight away reply to a request for remark Monday in regards to the non-public investigator allegation.

Jones alleges he was once now not paid for paintings on newest album

Jones additionally alleged within the Feb. 26  submitting that he was once now not paid for his paintings on “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” regardless of being “beneath an implied work-for-hire settlement.” The lawsuit says Combs, Love Information, Motown Information and Common Tune Team benefited from his paintings, however that he was once now not compensated. Love Information, Motown Information and Common Tune Team didn’t reply to a prior request for remark.

Within the amended criticism filed Monday, Jones stated when he was once recruited to paintings on “The Love Album,” he informed the recruiter he sought after $20,000 in step with track, 4 royalty issues, credit score as a manufacturer, credit score for every device performed at the songs, and the retention of his publishing rights.

Jones stated he and the recruiter orally agreed to the phrases. Combs assured the phrases have been “authorized.” On account of this, Jones signed directly to the venture, the criticism states.

The amended criticism alleges Jones suffered losses together with $220,000, 4 royalty issues and manufacturer credit for 9 songs. He is looking for $30 million.

“Submitting a lawsuit must by no means be the primary possibility in a dispute. We will be able to have a good dialogue to get to the bottom of the problems as I recommended, or we will apply the similar plan Shawn Holley used that were given her shoppers Danny Masterson and Tory Lanez convicted. Makes one marvel who’s truly managing this example for Mr. Combs,” Jones’ legal professional, Tyrone Blackburn, stated Monday.

In a reaction to a request for touch upon Feb. 26, Blackburn used a Latin word, “res ipsa loquitur,” which loosely interprets as “the object speaks for itself,” regarding the lawsuit.

Common Tune Team and its chairman and CEO, Lucian Grainge, didn’t straight away reply Monday to a request for remark at the amended criticism.

Earlier fits

Along with Jones’ go well with, 4 girls filed separate complaints towards Combs overdue closing yr, all accusing him of sexual attack.

The primary was once filed via singer Cassie, whose felony identify is Casandra Ventura. In it, she stated Combs bodily abused her and compelled her to have intercourse with male prostitutes whilst he masturbated and recorded it. The go well with was once settled the day after it was once filed, however the agreement was once “under no circumstances an admission of wrongdoing,” an legal professional for Combs stated on the time.

Following Cassie’s lawsuit, two different girls — Liza Gardner and Joie Dickerson-Neal — filed complaints towards Combs alleging he sexually assaulted them.

Then, a girl known best as Jane Doe in court docket paperwork, filed every other lawsuit, alleging Combs and two different males gang-raped her when she was once 17 and Combs was once 34.

The ones 3 instances towards Combs are nonetheless pending. In Doe’s case, the court docket dominated Thursday she can not stay nameless if the case proceeds.

In a observation in December, Combs denied the allegations towards him, pronouncing “sufficient is sufficient,” and referred to as the claims towards him “sickening.”

“Let me be completely transparent: I didn’t do any of the bleak issues being alleged. I will be able to struggle for my identify, my circle of relatives and for the reality,” he stated within the observation on the time.

Diana Dasrath and Andrew Blankstein reported from Los Angeles, and Rebecca Cohen from New York Town.

This text was once firstly revealed on NBCNews.com