P. Diddy Faces $50 Million Assault Suit
Two New York men have slapped hip-hop mogul Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs with two separate $25 million lawsuits, with both claiming that a security team at a New York recording studio attacked them for no reason, the Associated Press reports.
Thomas Guest and Damon Jackson, who claim the alleged assault occurred in August 2002, filed their papers on Monday.
According to their complaints, Guest (reputedly a friend of Combs's) and Jackson were attempting to visit Combs when one of the guards at Daddy's House studio in Manhattan confronted and threatened him, and then "physically assaulted him, causing serious physical injuries and rendering him unconscious."
Jackson was allegedly attacked when he rushed to Guest's aid, his lawsuit says.
Combs's spokeswoman Susan Makarichev called the suits "totally baseless," telling AP, "the allegations are ridiculous."
Meanwhile, in other music news, reggae star Sean Paul was fined nearly $34 for using foul language during a concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica, last month. The charge stemmed from his appearance at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest.
Paul, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge of indecent language in a Jamaican court Monday and reportedly chose to pay the fine rather than spend 10 days in jail.
He also made a public apology after he left the hearing: "I am truly sorry about what happened. I am using my international appeal to say that I have learnt my lesson. There is a time and place for everything."