Diddy Faces New Lawsuit Alleging He Drugged and Assaulted Model in 2003

Sean Combs at the LL Cool J Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland on January 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been hit with a sixth lawsuit alleging sexual assault.

Former fashion model Crystal McKinney filed this latest complaint against the embattled music mogul on Tuesday, May 21, in federal court in Manhattan.

According to the complaint, McKinney alleges Combs drugged and sexually assaulted her after they met at a dinner party in Manhattan during Men’s Fashion Week in 2003, when she was 22 years old.

The suit says the Sean John CEO told McKinney she “was going to make it big one day” as a model and he would help her career.

“Throughout their interactions, Combs was flirtatious, bordering on leering, as he leaned across the table towards her. Combs also plied Plaintiff with alcohol throughout the dinner as he repeatedly refilled her glass with wine,” the lawsuit says.

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McKinney states the Bad Boy Records founder invited her to his studio and she accepted the invitation.

The model says once she arrived at the studio, Combs and his associates were drinking and smoking joints. After taking a hit from a joint she described as “very powerful,” McKinney said she felt like she was “floating” on air. According to the complaint, she believes the joint was laced with drugs.

McKinney claims Combs then demanded she follow him to the restroom.

“In the bathroom, Combs forced himself on plaintiff and began kissing her without her consent,” the lawsuit says. “Combs, then, shoved her head down to his crotch before commanding her to ‘suck it.’ Plaintiff refused, but Combs pushed her head down… and forced her to perform oral sex on him.”

According to the complaint, McKinney soon lost consciousness. The lawsuit says she woke up in a taxi and realized she had allegedly been sexually assaulted.

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The lawsuit says because of the “traumatic” encounter with Combs, McKinney “saved the unwashed clothing from that night in her closet where they remain in a plastic wrap.”

McKinney was at one time signed to IMG and modeled for Tommy Hilfiger jeans and was also featured in Macy’s catalogs, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle, according to the lawsuit.

She says after the alleged assault, her modeling career fell apart and she believes Combs “blackballed” her. The suit states she “became severely depressed as she began to blame herself for the assault and for sabotaging her own career.”

According to the complaint, she is a “woman of faith” and felt a “moral obligation” to go public after so many other women alleged the mogul assaulted them.

The suit names Combs, Bad Boy Records and Bad Boy Entertainment, Sean John Clothing, and Universal Music Group as defendants. McKinney seeks unspecified damages for pain and suffering.

[McKinney is shown in the video below on an episode of MTV True Life – I’m a Model]

This is the sixth lawsuit filed against Combs alleging sexual assault since November. He has denied all of the allegations.

A seventh suit alleges the mogul aided and abetted his son, Christian Combs, who is accused of sexually assaulting a yacht stewardess in December 2022. Aaron Dyer, an attorney representing Christian Combs and his father said the lawsuit is filled with “manufactured lies.”

On Nov. 16, 2023, Diddy’s ex-girlfriend Casandra “Cassie” Ventura filed the first complaint alleging rape, battery and trafficking.

Combs settled the next day. The mogul released a statement through his attorney, saying the agreement was not an “admission of wrongdoing.”

On May 17, CNN aired a disturbing video showing Combs beating Ventura in the hallway of the now-closed InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles in 2016. In the surveillance footage, Diddy was shown violently pushing Ventura to the ground, kicking her multiple times and dragging her down a hallway.

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Amid public outcry, Combs apologized for the hotel incident in a video statement he posted on Instagram Sunday.

“I was fu–ed up. I hit rock bottom, but I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable,” he said in his apology. “I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I’m disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it, I’m disgusted now. I went and I sought out professional help. I got into going to therapy, going to rehab. I had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I’m so sorry.”

Ventura detailed the hotel incident in her lawsuit and alleged Combs paid the hotel $50,000 to keep the video hidden.

Two more women filed lawsuits against Combs in November under the Adult Survivors Act in New York state, which eliminated the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases for one year. The law expired on Nov. 24.

Then in December, a woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in New York, accusing Combs and two other men of raping and trafficking her when she was 17 years old in 2003.

The superstar music mogul posted a statement on Instagram in December, saying the accusers were trying to “destroy” his legacy.

“Enough is enough. For the last couple of weeks, I have sat silently and watched people try to assassinate my character, destroy my reputation and my legacy. Sickening allegations have been made against me by individuals looking for a quick payday,” he said in part.

In February of this year, male music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones filed a lawsuit accusing Diddy of sexual abuse.

Shawn Holley, an attorney representing Combs, released a statement calling the claims in Jones’ lawsuit “complete lies.”