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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Called 'Epstein of the Rap Industry' After New Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Is Filed

Music mogul allegedly intimidated people by telling them his security team maintains deep ties to law enforcement and has 'the power to make people and problems disappear'

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Called 'Epstein of the Rap Industry' After New Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Is Filed

A former employee of Grammy-winning music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs has filed a lawsuit, alleging Combs ran a criminal racketeering enterprise that included murder, sex trafficking, illegal firearms, and drug trafficking.

Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, a former producer and videographer for Combs, filed the 73-page lawsuit this week in the Southern District of New York.

Also named as defendants in the case are Justin Combs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Lucian Grainge, Kristina Khorram, Chalice Recording Studios, Love Records, Motown Records, Universal Music Group, Combs Global Enterprises, as well as multiple individuals and corporations whose identity remain sealed.

According to the allegations made in the legal filing, Combs required Jones to record him constantly. As a result, there are hundreds of hours of footage and audio recordings of Combs, his staff, and his guests engaging in illegal activity. Photos and screenshots from the recordings are littered throughout the filing.

Those activities include the use and distribution of ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and mushrooms.

At parties, the lawsuit alleges, Combs frequently had sex workers and underage girls present. Witnesses say that Combs had bottles of alcohol and drinks designated for women, separate from those set aside for himself and his entourage. Combs would spike the girls' alcohol with date rape drugs, as well as “place ecstasy and other date rape drugs in the juices” used to mix the girls’ drinks. In the VIP section of various night clubs, Combs allegedly spiked bottles of Moët champagne, and typically had one set of champagne bottles for his artists, and a different set for women.

Combs is described as having a pattern of soliciting sex workers and underage girls. Some of the photos contained in the legal filing purportedly show Combs dancing with an underage girl at one of his parties.

The lawsuit alleges that several of the defendants (Lucian Charles Grainge, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records, Love Records, and Universal Music Group) had knowledge that “underaged minors were being coercively sex trafficked by Combs," adding that Combs and his associates knew the names of the victims, and that he required the sex workers and underage girls to sign nondisclosure agreements “prior to entering his parties, and prior to being drugged and sex trafficked at these parties.”

As stated in the lawsuit, the defendants named in the above paragraph knew that Combs used private jets, yachts, and commercial planes “to entice, recruit, solicit, harbor, provide, obtain, and transport young women, young men, and underage girls for purposes of causing commercial sex acts.”

Jones also states in the filing that Combs “has hidden cameras in every room of his homes," while maintaining recordings and “compromising footage of every person that has attended his freak off parties, and his house parties,” including celebrities, music label executives, politicians, and athletes.

Details of the hidden camera operation have led to some now equate Combs' enterprise to that of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who ran a global sex trafficking network to purportedly blackmail powerful individuals.

“It’s looking like this is the Epstein of the rap industry,” independent journalist Ian Carroll said in a recent post on X.

According to the court filing, Combs believes he is “above the law and is untouchable,” telling others that he has immense power with law enforcement and that his head of security has “the power to make people and problems disappear.”

In one example, Jones says Combs instructs his staff to always contact his head of security if they are ever pulled over by police in Miami or California, due to his connections within law enforcement.

Shawn Holley, Sean Combs’ attorney, denied the allegations in a statement to CNN, calling Jones “a liar.”

“His reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not happen is nothing more than a transparent attempt to garner headlines. We have overwhelming, indisputable proof that his claims are complete lies,” Holley said in the statement. “Our attempts to share this proof with Mr. Jones’ attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, have been ignored, as Mr. Blackburn refuses to return our calls. We will address these outlandish allegations in court and take all appropriate action against those who make them.”

Last November, Combs settled a lawsuit brought by his former girlfriend, who accused him of physical abuse, sex trafficking, and rape.

Jones is seeking $30 million and has requested a trial by jury.

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