Lucian Grainge, UMG Dropped From Rodney Jones vs. Diddy Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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Rodney Jones’ lawyer is dismissing allegations made against UMG CEO Lucian Grainge, UMG Recordings, and Motown Records. The legal filing was filed by Jones’ attorney, Tyrone Blackburn.

The filing asks the court to dismiss all claims and strike all allegations made against Lucian Charles Grainge, Motown Records, and UMG Recordings, Inc. A second amended complaint removes these entities with prejudice—meaning they cannot be brought forth again.

“Based on my examination of all the papers submitted in support of both motions to dismiss, which addressed the issues I had, I have concluded that there is no legal basis for the claims and allegations that were made against the UMG Defendants,” Blackburn declares in the filing. “As such, I have determined that the proper course of action is for all of the claims and all of the allegations to be withdrawn immediately.”

The Rodney Jones lawsuit previously alleged that Lucian Grainge aided Diddy in keeping his alleged misconduct under the radar. Diddy is accused of sexual assault, sex trafficking, and more—though the rap mogul has denied all of these claims.

Meanwhile, UMG’s lead attorney Donald Zakarin has agreed that the accusations against his clients should be dropped and sharply criticized Blackburn for bringing the claims in the first place.

“As we have repeatedly said from our very first communication with counsel for the plaintiff on March 4, there was no basis, not legal and not factual, for the claims and accusations that were alleged,” Zakarin writes. “The UMG defendants should have never been named in any of these complaints and we should never have been required to make motions to dismiss the complaints in this action.”

Zakarin said in his original filing to dismiss these claims that they are “lacking in any legally cognizable basis” and threatened to bring legal action against Blackburn should the claims not be withdrawn.