May 23, 2024

The music producer who sued Sean “Diddy” Combs for sexual assault and different crimes final month has added one other public determine to his lawsuit: Cuba Gooding Jr. 

Although Gooding’s title was talked about within the February submitting, Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones formally amended his federal grievance so as to add the actor as a co-defendant Monday — the identical day federal brokers raided two of Combs’ houses, reportedly as a part of a sex-trafficking investigation. 

It is not clear whether or not the federal investigation has a direct connection to Jones’ swimsuit, which alleged intercourse trafficking as one crime in opposition to Combs. Different allegations included that Combs subjected Jones, who labored on the rapper’s most up-to-date album, to “fixed unsolicited” groping and that he tried to groom the producer into partaking in sexual acts with others, together with Gooding.

Within the grievance, Jones alleges Combs advised Gooding ought to “get to know” Jones higher after which left them alone on his yacht in January 2023. Then, Jones claims, Gooding started sexually assaulting and harassing him. 

Jones states in his lawsuit he has video proof of Gooding “touching, groping and fondling his legs, his higher inside thighs close to his groin, the small of his again close to his buttocks and his shoulders.” And regardless of rejecting his advances, Jones claims Gooding did not cease till he was forcibly pushed away.

Gooding has not commented on the allegations made in Jones’ swimsuit, which state Combs had an obligation to guard Jones from the hurt Gooding induced.

This is not the primary time Gooding has been named in a sexual assault lawsuit. In April 2022, he pleaded responsible to at least one rely of forcibly touching a lady at a New York Metropolis bar in 2018 — a plea that allowed him to keep away from jail time. And in 2023, the actor settled a lawsuit a lady introduced in opposition to him in 2020, accusing him of raping her in his lodge room in 2013.

As for Combs, that is the fifth lawsuit since November that has alleged sexual crimes, amongst others. In November, Combs’ longtime girlfriend Cassie sued him for rape and bodily abuse, although the case was settled quickly after. Later that month, two ladies filed comparable fits on the identical day, each claiming Diddy sexually assaulted them. Then in December, a Jane Doe sued claiming Diddy and two others gang-raped her when she was 17.

A spokesperson for Diddy mentioned the claims of the 2 ladies who sued after Cassie had been “fabricated” and an exploitation of the Grownup Survivors Act, which allowed sexual assault survivors to file claims exterior of the common statute of limitations till November of final 12 months. 

Then in an Instagram publish in December, Diddy once more denied the allegations, writing: “Let me be completely clear: I didn’t do any of the terrible issues being alleged. I’ll struggle for my title, my household and for the reality.”

In a press release to Billboard final month, Combs’ lawyer mentioned Jones’ swimsuit was “nothing greater than a clear try and garner headlines.”

“Now we have overwhelming, indeniable proof that his claims are full lies,” the assertion learn.

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