Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused of Sexual Assault in New Lawsuit From Former MTV Model Mission Winner

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs at the 2017 Met Gala in New York.


Sean “Diddy” Combs has been accused of sexual assault in a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by Crystal McKinney, a former model and winner of MTV’s 1998 Model Mission contest.

According to the complaint, filed in New York and obtained by CNN, McKinney claims Combs “drugged and sexually assaulted” her in 2003 after a Men’s Fashion Week event in New York City.

McKinney, who was 22 at the time, first met Combs at a dinner, where he approached her “in a sexually suggestive manner” and told her to call him later, the complaint alleges. McKinney “felt confused but hoping that Combs would follow through on his promises to help her career,” and Combs invited her to his recording studio that same night, she continues the complaint.

In the study, Combs offered McKinney marijuana, which she claimed was “mixed” with “a narcotic or other intoxicating substance.” The complaint alleges that Combs saw that McKinney was “very intoxicated” and demanded that she follow him while he “physically led” her to the bathroom.

In the bathroom, Combs “began kissing her without her consent” and then “forced her to perform oral sex on him,” according to the complaint.

After the assault, McKinney claims she felt “increasingly dizzy and then blacked out,” and then woke up in a taxi back to the apartment of the designer she was working with at the time. “When she regained consciousness, Plaintiff realized that Combs had sexually assaulted her,” the complaint reads.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Combs and McKinney for comment, as well as representatives for Bad Boy Records, Sean John Clothing LLC and Universal Music Group Inc., whose entities were also named as defendants.

McKinney is suing the defendants for violation of New York’s Gender Violence Victim Protection Act.

According to the New York City Council, the law gives “survivors of gender-based violence more time to pursue civil actions by extending the statute of limitations” and also “applies to acts committed by parties who direct, enable, or participate in in, or conspiring in an act of gender-based violence.”

McKinney was crowned the winner of MTV’s Model Mission in 1998 and earned a modeling contract with IMG. He became a familiar face on several MTV shows and modeled in a fashion campaign for designer Tommy Hilfiger.

As a result of the incident, McKinney became severely depressed and experienced alcohol and drug addiction while trying to cope, according to the complaint. To this day, the complaint states, McKinney still experiences mental health issues stemming from the alleged assault and she has since stopped pursuing a career in modeling.

She is seeking an unspecified amount in punitive and compensatory damages.

This latest lawsuit comes days after CNN released exclusive surveillance footage showing Combs physically attacking his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in 2016.

The attack was first referenced in a November 2023 lawsuit Ventura filed against the rap mogul, whom she dated on and off from 2007 to 2018.

In her complaint, which was settled one day after it was filed, Ventura alleged that Combs raped her in 2018 and subjected her to years of repeated physical and other abuse over the course of their relationship.

Following the settlement, an attorney for Combs said the “decision to settle a lawsuit… is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.”

Combs apologized Sunday for his actions in the video.

Ventura’s attorney, Meredith Firetog, criticized his response, saying, “When Cassie and many other women came forward, he denied everything and suggested his victims were looking for a payday.”

This is the seventh lawsuit in which Combs has been named in recent months. Six of those lawsuits, including the one filed Tuesday, contain allegations of sexual assault. One of the six lawsuits names Combs as a defendant, but was filed against Combs’ son, Christian Combs. Only the one in Ventura has been settled.

Authorities searched Diddy’s homes on March 25, 2024 because he is the target of a federal investigation by a Department of Homeland Security team dealing with human trafficking crimes, according to a senior federal enforcement official. of the law informed about the investigation.

The investigation stems from many of the same sexual assault allegations raised in the civil lawsuits, according to a second law enforcement source familiar with the searches.