Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Homes Raided by Homeland Security Investigations Agents

Sean “Diddy” Combs, September 2023 (Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images)

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) today (March 25) in connection with a federal sex trafficking investigation, reports The Associated Press. It’s unclear if Diddy was present during the raids while officers and helicopters swarmed his residence. He’s currently facing multiple lawsuits from several accusers who allege that he raped or sexually assaulted them.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York executed law enforcement actions as part of an ongoing investigation, with assistance from HSI Los Angeles, HSI Miami, and our local law enforcement partners,” a spokesperson for the department said in a statement. “We will provide further information as it becomes available.”

In a statement shared with Pitchfork on Tuesday, March 26, Diddy’s attorney, Aaron Dyer, said:

Yesterday, there was a gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed at Mr. Combs’ residences. There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated. Mr. Combs was never detained but spoke to and cooperated with authorities. Despite media speculation, neither Mr. Combs nor any of his family members have been arrested nor has their ability to travel been restricted in any way. This unprecedented ambush—paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence—leads to a premature rush to judgment of Mr. Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits. There has been no finding of criminal or civil liability with any of these allegations. Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name.

In November, R&B and pop singer Cassie accused Diddy, her ex-boyfriend, of rape, sexual battery, and sex trafficking, among other claims. She settled her lawsuit with the hip-hop mogul two days later. “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control,” Cassie wrote. “I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”

Since then, Diddy has been sued for sexual misconduct by four others. Most recently, a woman identified as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit claiming that Diddy, former Bad Boy Entertainment president Harve Pierre, and an unnamed third person “sex trafficked and gang raped” her in 2003 when she was a 17-year-old high school student. Diddy called the allegations “sickening” and denied doing “any of the awful things being alleged.”

“We will always support law enforcement when it seeks to prosecute those that have violated the law,” Douglas Wigdor, the lawyer for both Cassie and Jane Doe, said in a statement today. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of a process that will hold Mr. Combs responsible for his depraved conduct.”

After Cassie’s case was settled, two other women filed lawsuits against the hip-hop musician and mogul. In one lawsuit, Joi Dickerson-Neal says that in 1991 Diddy drugged her, sexually assaulted her, and filmed the assault without her consent. In the other lawsuit, Liza Gardner claims that Diddy and R&B singer Aaron Hall sexually assaulted her and a friend in the early 1990s. A spokesperson for Diddy has said that the women’s active lawsuits contain “fabricated claims falsely alleging misconduct from over 30 years ago.”

In February, music producer Rodney Jones Jr., also known as Lil Rod, accused Diddy of sexual assault, grooming, and improper payment for his work as a producer on The Love Album: Off the Grid. In his 73-page lawsuit, Jones claims that Diddy grabbed his genitals without consent, forced him to hire prostitutes and participate in sex acts with them, and tried to “groom” him into having sex with another man, with Diddy allegedly telling him that it was “a normal practice in the music industry.”

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This article was originally published on Monday, March 25, at 7:28 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Originally Appeared on Pitchfork