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Sean 'Diddy' Combs accused of 'four terrifying sexual encounters' in 8th new lawsuit

Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

An eighth person has filed a lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs, accusing the embattled mogul of sexual assault, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress and violation of the victims of gender-motivated violence protection law, according to court documents reviewed by The Times.

April Lampros, whose lawyers submitted the lawsuit Thursday in New York, is the seventh person to accuse Combs of sexual assault in recent months. She also sued Bad Boy Records and Arista Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, for allegedly enabling Combs’ behavior.

His representatives did not immediately respond Friday to The Times’ request for comment.

In her lawsuit, Lampros said she endured “four terrifying sexual encounters” with Combs in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. She was dissuaded from talking about her relationship with Combs because “he did not want anyone to know he was seeing her because she is a white woman,” the lawsuit said.

Lampros met Combs in early 1994 when she was a college student at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, according to the lawsuit. Upon learning of her interest in the fashion industry, Combs offered to mentor her, promising work opportunities.

Combs “love-bombed” her, she alleged, by repeatedly sending gifts and flowers and inviting her to events. The “kind gestures” then spun into an “aggressive, coercive and abusive relationship based on sex,” the lawsuit said.

 

In 1995, Lampros met up with Combs and an unnamed woman at a bar in New York‘s SoHo neighborhood, the suit alleges. The group “lightly drank” throughout the evening, which Lampros said she felt pressured to do so because of Combs’ “delusional and violent outbursts.”

After a “few sips of one drink,” Lampros said in the filing, she “began to feel uneasy.” The group left the bar and headed to the Millennium Hotel, where Combs allegedly “forced himself on top of her.”

Despite her pleas, Combs raped Lampros, the lawsuit alleged. The next morning, it said, she was “nude, sore and confused,” and quickly left the building.

Combs “lured” Lampros back by leveraging his music industry influence, according to the suit. The second incident allegedly occurred months later in a parking garage near Combs’ Manhattan apartment, where the “slightly inebriated” mogul forced Lampros to her knees, the lawsuit said.

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