Model Sues Sean Combs for Alleged Drugging and Sexual Assault in New York Studio

Sean “Diddy” Combs, the renowned music mogul, is facing serious legal accusations from Crystal McKinney, who has filed a lawsuit claiming that 

Crystal McKinney filed a suit against Sean Combs on Tuesday for an alleged sexual assault which occurred in 2003. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, GETTY IMAGES)
Crystal McKinney filed a suit against Sean Combs on Tuesday for an alleged sexual assault which occurred in 2003. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, GETTY IMAGES)

Combs drugged and sexually assaulted her in his New York recording studio in 2003. The lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, details a harrowing night that allegedly began with a dinner during a Men’s Fashion Week event and ended with a traumatic assault at Combs’ studio.

McKinney, who was 22 at the time, recounts in the court documents that the evening started with a dinner at Cipriani Downtown alongside Combs and an unnamed fashion designer.

Throughout the dinner, Combs allegedly complimented McKinney, suggesting she had a promising future in modeling. This flattery, combined with frequent refills of her wine glass by Combs, set the stage for what was to come.

Following the dinner, Combs invited McKinney to his recording studio on 44th Street. She accepted the invitation, reassured by the presence of others at the studio, which she felt would be safer than being alone at a personal residence.

Upon arrival, she found Combs with several other men, who were drinking Hennessy and smoking marijuana. According to the lawsuit, one of Combs’ associates offered her a joint, claiming she had never experienced weed like this before.

Roberto Cavalli and Crystal McKinney (PHOTO: VIA DAILY CALLER, GREGORY PACE/FILMMAGIC)
Roberto Cavalli and Crystal McKinney (PHOTO: VIA DAILY CALLER, GREGORY PACE/FILMMAGIC)

Unbeknownst to her at the time, McKinney later came to believe that the joint had been laced with a narcotic.

Feeling pressured by Combs to smoke and drink more, McKinney began to feel increasingly intoxicated. Combs allegedly led her to a bathroom where he forcibly kissed her and demanded that she perform oral sex on him.

McKinney claimed that she lost consciousness and later woke up in a taxicab heading back to the designer’s apartment. 

The lawsuit details the lasting impact of this traumatic night on McKinney’s life and career. She asserts that her modeling opportunities dwindled soon after the incident, which she believes was due to Combs blackballing her in the industry.

The emotional toll led her into a spiral of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. In 2004, McKinney attempted suicide and was hospitalized. It was only after other women came forward with similar accusations against Combs that McKinney felt empowered to share her story.

McKinney’s lawsuit comes amid a series of similar allegations against Combs. He is also being sued by Liza Gardner, Jane Doe, Joi Dickerson-Neal, and music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, all of whom have accused Combs of various forms of abuse. Combs has consistently denied these claims.

Sean "Diddy" Combs' allegedly drugged the rising model. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, SHAREIF ZIYADAT)
Sean “Diddy” Combs’ allegedly drugged the rising model. (PHOTO: VIA FOX NEWS, SHAREIF ZIYADAT)

In a related controversy, Combs recently apologized for his “inexcusable” behavior after a video surfaced showing him assaulting his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in 2016.

The video, obtained by CNN, shows Combs chasing Cassie down a hallway, grabbing her by the neck, and throwing her to the ground before kicking her and dragging her back down the hallway.

Reflecting on this incident, Combs released a statement expressing his remorse. “It’s so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life, but sometimes you got to do that,” he said.

“My behavior on that video is inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my actions in that video.” He added that he had sought professional help and was committed to being a better person.

Cassie Ventura had filed a lawsuit against Combs in November, accusing him of rape and years of abuse. The suit was settled for an undisclosed sum the day after it was filed.

Cassie’s legal team criticized Combs’ apology, calling it insincere and self-serving. Meredith Firetog, a partner at Wigdor LLP representing Ventura, stated, “That he was only compelled to ‘apologize’ once his repeated denials were proven false shows his pathetic desperation, and no one will be swayed by his disingenuous words.”

As more women come forward with allegations against Combs, the scrutiny on the music mogul intensifies. McKinney’s lawsuit represents another significant challenge for Combs as he faces mounting legal and public relations battles.

The outcome of these cases could have far-reaching implications for his career and personal life, underscoring the growing movement to hold powerful figures accountable for past misconduct.

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