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    Lawsuit naming Sean 'Diddy' Combs as co-defendant alleges son sexually assaulted woman

    FILE - Sean "Diddy" Combs, right, and Christian Combs perform at the Billboard Music Awards, Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

    Los Angeles — A lawsuit that names Sean “Diddy” Combs as a co-defendant alleges that his son Christian “King” Combs sexually assaulted a woman working on a yacht chartered by his father.

    The suit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court says that Sean Combs created the circumstances that led to the assault, and paid to cover it up afterward. It’s the latest in a series of lawsuits accusing the producer and music mogul of sexual misconduct, and it comes amid a federal sex trafficking investigation that led Homeland Security agents to raid his homes in Los Angeles and Miami last week.

    Grace O'Marcaigh, who worked as a crew member and a bartender on the boat, says that in late December of 2022, Christian Combs pressured her to drink tequila that she believes was spiked with other drugs. He groped her breasts and genitals and attempted to force her to perform oral sex, the suit alleges.

    The AP does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as O’Marcaigh has done. She also consented to being named through her attorneys.

    Combs' attorney Aaron Dyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment from The Associated Press. Dyer said after last week's raids that Sean Combs “is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name,” and that the investigation is "nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits.”

    He told the Los Angeles Times that the latest lawsuit is a “lewd and meritless claim" full of “manufactured lies.”

    Sean Combs, who chartered the yacht throughout the holidays in 2022, “had full control of the staff and premises” and “turned what was sold as a wholesome family excursion into a hedonistic environment," the suit said. The court filing alleges he created circumstances where her assault was not only tolerated but encouraged.

    O’Marcaigh, who was 25 at the time, said when Christian Combs, then 24, came aboard late one night, he appeared heavily intoxicated, and began giving her inappropriate attention.

    She said the two were in a music studio on board the ship, where producer Rodney Jones, who filed his own lawsuit in February, was told to be available around the clock for Sean Combs to work on his next album.

    O’Marcaigh said in the suit that Christian Combs was insistent that she take shots of tequila, and she drank out of obligation.

    The suit alleges he became increasingly aggressive with her, violently grabbing her arm as she tried to get out of the situation then groping her. The drinks made everything blurry, unusually quickly, the suit says.

    Microphones in the studio, where Jones was told to capture everything, recorded their exchange, and the lawsuit includes a transcript where O’Marcaigh demands that Christian Combs stop touching her.

    The suit alleges that he later continued the assault in the ship's movie theater, which was used as a spare sleeping area and where she was attempting to find a place to spend the night because the rooms were all taken, before another crew member appeared and he stopped.

    O’Marcaigh told the yacht's captain about the assault the following morning, but she alleges that after Combs gave him a large amount of cash the same day, the captain failed to meaningfully investigate or take any action.

    The suit says O'Marcaigh was eventually fired in retaliation, and has since been unable to find work in the music industry where she had planned to build a career. It says since 2022, she has suffered severe emotional trauma.

    The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined at trial.

    Christian Combs is also a musical artist whose song “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” with Kodak Black topped Billboard’s Mainstream R&B Hip-Hop charts in 2022. He was at his father's Los Angeles home during last week's searches, during which he and his brother were handcuffed, but were not arrested.

    The producer Jones’ lawsuit, filed by the same attorney as O’Marcaigh's in February, includes allegations that Sean Combs coerced him to solicit prostitutes and pressured him to have sex with them.

    It was one of several lawsuits that have brought public scrutiny to the music and business mogul, beginning with a November lawsuit from his former protege and girlfriend, the R&B singer Cassie, which alleged years of sexual abuse, including rape. It was settled the following day.

    Combs and his attorneys have denied all of the lawsuits' allegations.

    Combs, a three-time Grammy winner and the founder of Bad Boy Records, is among the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the past three decades. He turned his hip-hop empire into a broader business empire that includes private-label spirits, fashion, and a TV network.

    FILE - Christian Combs attends Day 1 of Maxim Big Game Weekend, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at City Market Pavilion in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
    FILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Four: Battle For Stardom" at the CBS Radford Studio Center in Los Angeles. Combs' lawyer said Tuesday, March 26, 2024, that the searches of his Los Angeles and Miami properties by federal authorities in a sex-trafficking investigation were ”a gross use of military-level force" and that Combs is “innocent and will continue to fight" to clear his name. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
    Television crews report live outside a property belonging to Sean "Diddy" Combs, Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in Los Angeles, the day after federal Homeland Security Investigations agents and other law enforcement executed a raid as part of an ongoing sex trafficking investigation by federal authorities in New York. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    A Hollywood Bus Tours van carrying tourists stops momentarily by the front gate of a property belonging to Sean "Diddy" Combs, Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in Los Angeles, the day after federal Homeland Security Investigations agents and other law enforcement executed a raid as part of an ongoing sex trafficking investigation by federal authorities in New York. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    FILE - Sean "Diddy" Combs, wearing a fur coat, walks down the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in New York. Combs' lawyer said Tuesday, March 26, 2024, that the searches of his Los Angeles and Miami properties by federal authorities in a sex-trafficking investigation were ”a gross use of military-level force" and that Combs is “innocent and will continue to fight" to clear his name. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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