Diddy Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations of Past Sexual Assault
Music mogul Diddy finds himself at the center of a legal storm, as a new lawsuit accuses him of a grave incident dating back over three decades. The plaintiff, Joi Dickerson-Neal, has come forward with allegations of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Diddy in 1991, a claim he firmly denies.
In the lawsuit, as reported by TMZ, Dickerson-Neal, then a college student at Syracuse University, recounts her experience with Diddy. She claims their encounter began with a meal at a Harlem chicken and waffles restaurant, where she worked, and later progressed to a recording studio visit.
Dickerson-Neal alleges that during this encounter, she experienced physical symptoms consistent with being drugged, such as her legs feeling ‘rubbery’ and an inability to stand. The lawsuit further contends that, following their time at the studio, Diddy took her to a house where he sexually assaulted her while secretly recording the act.
This lawsuit is filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, a law that allows alleged victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits within a one-year window, regardless of the usual statute of limitations. The timing of the lawsuit coincides with the deadline set by this act.
Diddy’s spokesperson has responded to these allegations, labeling the lawsuit as a misuse of a well-intentioned law. They assert that Dickerson-Neal’s claims are fabricated, questioning the credibility of her story, and describe the lawsuit as a mere attempt at financial gain.
Adding to the complexity of the case, Dickerson-Neal accuses Diddy of showing the alleged secret recording to numerous individuals, claiming a musician informed her of Diddy’s actions. She attributes a subsequent ‘tailspin’ in her life to this incident, detailing her drop-out from Syracuse University and diagnosis with clinical depression.
This lawsuit emerges in the wake of another high-profile case involving Diddy. Singer Cassie recently filed a suit against him, alleging rape, abuse, and human trafficking during their relationship, a legal battle that Diddy swiftly settled.