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P Diddy: Raids on Sean Combs’ home were ‘unprecedented ambush,’ lawyer says

Police raids on two properties belonging to rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs were an “unprecedented ambush” and a “gross use of military force,” his lawyer said.

Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami were searched by Homeland Security Investigations agents on Monday.

The searches were related to a federal investigation into sex trafficking in New York, U.S. news outlets reported yesterday.

In the first statement released on behalf of the rapper and music mogul since Monday’s raids, his attorney Aaron Dyer said: “Yesterday there was a gross excessive use of military force when search warrants were executed at Mr. Combs’ residence.”

“There is no excuse for the authorities’ excessive show of force and hostility or for the way his children and staff were treated.”

“Mr. Combs was never arrested but spoke to and cooperated with authorities.

“Despite media speculation, neither Mr. Combs nor any of his family members have been arrested, nor have their ability to travel been restricted in any way. This unprecedented ambush – coupled with a progressive, coordinated media presence – results in premature judgment.” Mr. Combs is nothing more than a witch hunt based on unfounded allegations in civil litigation.

“No criminal or civil liability has been established in any of these allegations. Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every day to clear his name.”

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Sean Comb's home is being searched by federal law enforcement.
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Sean Combs’ Los Angeles home is being searched by federal law enforcement.

According to Sky’s US partner channel NBC News, several phones were confiscated from Combs in Miami on Monday before he was due to leave for a trip to the Bahamas.

According to NBC News, three women and a man were interviewed by federal agents in Manhattan in connection with the sex trafficking investigation and other allegations of sexual assault, promotion and distribution of illegal drugs and firearms.

Representatives for Combs did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

The American music mogul, 54, has been the subject of several lawsuits in recent months, including allegations of sexual assault.

Sean Comb's home is being searched by federal law enforcement.
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Sean Combs’ Los Angeles home is being searched by federal law enforcement.

In February, a music producer filed a lawsuit alleging that Combs forced him to recruit sex workers and pressured him to have sex with them.

Combs’ attorney said that for these allegations, we have “overwhelming, indisputable evidence that his claims are complete lies.”

The rapper’s former protégé and girlfriend, R&B singer Cassie, sued him in November, alleging that she was trafficked, raped, drugged and beaten by Combs for 10 years.

The lawsuit says he forced her to have sex with male sex workers while he filmed her. The lawsuit was settled the day after it was filed.

Also in November, Combs was sued by Joie Dickerson-Neal who claimed he drugged and sexually abused her when she was a psychology student at Syracuse University in January 1991 and filmed the attack.

But a spokesperson for the star dismissed the claims as “fabricated and not credible,” describing them as “purely a money grab and nothing more.”

Sean Comb's home is being searched by federal law enforcement.

Another of Combs’ accusers is a woman who claims He “gang raped” her two decades ago. after she was given drugs and alcohol when she was 17 years old.

Combs has denied all allegations.

In a statement in December, he described the claims as “disgusting” and said his accusers were “looking for a quick payday.”

“I want to be clear: I did none of the terrible things that I have been accused of. I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth,” he said.

Combs is one of the most influential hip-hop producers and managers of the last three decades.

Also known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, he built one of hip hop’s largest empires and paved the way with several entities associated with his name.

He is the founder of Bad Boy Records and a three-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with several high-profile artists including Notorious BIG, Mary J Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.

His latest album, The Love Album – Off the Grid, was released last year, days after Combs was honored at the MTV VMAs. It was nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album at the Grammy Awards in February, which he did not attend.

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