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Sean 'Diddy' Combs sexual harassment suit includes notable music industry names

August Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Recent sex abuse lawsuits against music impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs have damaged his reputation and career. But a new suit from music producer Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones makes new, explosive claims about Combs' alleged assaults and misconduct in granular detail, naming several prominent artists and music executives as well.

Jones, who worked closely with Combs on his recent release "The Love Album: Off the Grid," sued him in federal court in New York on Monday, alleging Combs sexually and physically abused him, engaged in sex trafficking and ran his inner circle as a "RICO enterprise" that functioned like a criminal organization. Jones' suit contains what he says are photos, videos and screenshots corroborating his allegations.

Combs denied the previous claims against him, including those from a former partner, R&B singer Cassie, whose November suit kicked off a wave of complaints against Combs under New York's Adult Survivors Act.

Combs' attorney Shawn Holley said in a statement that Jones' "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. "We will address these outlandish allegations in court and take all appropriate action against those who make them."

Jones' suit is a sprawling document that names well-known music executives, celebrities and bit players in Combs' circle. While some famous names are redacted (though alluded to with blind-item-style clues), here is a guide to the many names that appear in the suit.

 

Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones

A Chicago-born producer who recorded with gospel-inspired acts like the Clark Sisters and Georgia Mass Choir. Jones produced nine songs on Diddy's "Love Album" between September 2022 and November 2023.

Sean "Diddy" Combs

The producer, Bad Boy Entertainment founder, media executive and celebrity spokesman had a monumental hip-hop career dating back to the early 1990s. He helped launched the career of the Notorious B.I.G., scored platinum records of his own and oversaw businesses that made him one of music's richest men. The claims from last year's lawsuits made him toxic in the industry, however, and Jones' new claims likely will add to that sentiment.

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