Diddy Files Motion to Dismiss Sexual Assault Lawsuit Dating Back to 1991

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and his legal team file a motion to dismiss claims dating back to 1991 in a sexual assault case against him, asserting he cannot be charged under laws that didn’t yet exist at the time of the alleged incident.

That lawsuit, filed by Joi Dickerson-Neal in November, accuses Sean “Diddy” Combs of drugging and raping her when she was a college student in 1991, and subsequently making “revenge porn” of her. According to the new documents, Combs’ team claims she can’t sue him for several of her six causes of action against him — because the relevant laws didn’t yet exist when he allegedly assaulted her.

Namely, Dickerson-Neal is suing the music mogul under the New York Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Law, which was not in effect until 2007, 16 years after the incident is said to have taken place. Further, Diddy is contesting her claims under the New York State Revenge Porn Law, codified in 2019, 2000’s New York City Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Law, and the 2016 NYC Revenge Porn Law.

Of course, Diddy’s team denies all Dickerson-Neal’s allegations — and those in all the other sexual assault lawsuits against him — calling the incident fictitious and a “money grab.”

But it’s worth noting that Combs’ lawyers aren’t applying the same statute of limitations argument against the remaining two counts in Dickerson-Neal’s filing. Those counts, for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, don’t rely on specific statutes and the timing of those statutes’ coming into law therefore do not apply to those claims.

Dickerson-Neal’s filing names Bad Boy Records and Bad Boy Entertainment as codefendants alongside Combs himself — but his lawyers say they also cannot be sued for the aforementioned counts, as they too did not yet exist in 1991.

In January 1991, while on a school break as a student at Syracuse University, Dickerson-Neal says she “reluctantly agreed” to dinner with Combs. There, the suit claims, he “intentionally drugged” her by spiking her drink while she was in the restroom, “resulting in her being in a physical state where she could not independently stand or walk.”

Her filing says Combs videotaped the 1991 assault and distributed that tape to others in the music industry, causing “severe harm to Ms. Dickerson-Neals reputation, career prospects, and emotional well-being.” She is requesting a trial by jury.

Meanwhile, the Bad Boy Records founder is facing multiple sexual assault lawsuits while under investigation by multiple agencies for alleged sex trafficking and assault. Last month, Homeland Security Investigations raided Combs’ Los Angeles and Miami homes in connection with ongoing investigations.