Diddy Hit With Yet Another Lawsuit — Model Claims Mogul Drugged, Sexually Assaulted Her in 2003

Diddy hit with another sexual assault lawsuit 2003
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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is hit with yet another sexual assault lawsuit, this time from model Crystal McKinley, who says she was drugged and raped in 2003.

When it rains, it pours, and for disgraced music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, it’s monsoon season. Caught in a web of lawsuits, sexual assault allegations, and a federal investigation, Combs has been slapped with yet another lawsuit: model Crystal McKinley alleges he drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2003.

In the filing, McKinley claims that in 2003, when she was 22 years old, the model was invited to a Men’s Fashion Week event in New York City. There she met Combs, who invited her back to his studio. McKinley asserts that at the studio, Combs and several colleagues were drinking Hennessy and smoking joints; she suspects the cannabis was laced with “a narcotic or other drug,” as it felt “very powerful.”

She says Combs then demanded she follow him to a bathroom, where he forced himself on her and tried to physically push her into oral sex. Because of the alcohol and drugs, McKinley says she felt lightheaded and lost consciousness, and later awoke in a taxi, realizing she had been sexually assaulted.

McKinley alleges that due to her lack of compliance, she was “blackballed” from the modeling industry, which, coupled with the assault, left her severely depressed. She subsequently attempted suicide in 2004.

The filing specifically references other lawsuits against Combs, like Cassie Ventura’s and Joi Dickerson-Neal’s, which inspired McKinley to file her account, as she “knew she had a moral obligation to speak up.”

Despite initially denying all the allegations against him, Combs released an apology video on Sunday after footage surfaced of him beating Cassie Ventura in a hotel hallway in 2016. The footage matches Ventura’s account of the event in her lawsuit against Combs, which was settled just a day after it was filed.

In addition to the deluge of civil lawsuits filed against him, Combs is also the subject of a federal investigation, which culminated with the Department of Homeland Security raiding his Florida and California homes in April.