Producer alleges in new complaint that Sean 'Diddy' Combs was involved in shooting at recording studio

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LOS ANGELES — A euphony shaper who is suing Sean “Diddy” Combs is doubling down connected allegations that Combs and his boy were progressive successful a shooting that happened astatine an L.A. signaling workplace successful 2022, arsenic good arsenic allegations of harassment.

Combs was sued Feb. 26 by Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, a shaper connected his astir caller album, who alleged Combs sexually harassed, drugged and threatened him while he traveled and lived pinch Combs from September 2022 to November 2023.

In nan first complaint, revenge successful nan U.S. District Court for nan Southern District of New York, Jones besides elaborate a shooting astatine a “writers and producers camp” held astatine Chalice Recording Studio successful Los Angeles connected Sept. 12, 2022. In summation to Jones, he said Combs; Combs’ son, Justin; and Justin’s friend, identified arsenic “G,” were there.

The specifications provided successful that complaint, and an amended title revenge Monday, however, disagree from accusation astir nan shooting provided by nan Los Angeles Police Department and Combs’ attorney, Shawn Holley.

The suit besides alleges that Combs is portion of a “RICO enterprise” and that he and others are progressive successful a “sex trafficking venture.” A RICO endeavor is erstwhile individuals aliases groups enactment together to break nan Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is meant to target organized crime. The title is nan latest ineligible problem for Combs, who has been deed pinch a number of caller lawsuits, including aggregate allegations of intersexual assault.

The original title includes Jones’ relationship that he heard aggregate gunshots aft a “heated conversation” successful a adjacent bathroom. When nan bath doorway opened, Combs and his boy walked retired and Jones recovered G “lying connected nan restroom level successful a fetal position, holding his tummy and bleeding retired of his leg/hip area,” nan suit said.

Jones said he brought nan unfortunate to nan beforehand of nan studio, wherever an ambulance was waiting. The Los Angeles Fire Department has not responded to a petition past week for much accusation astir nan shooting.

Jones alleged successful nan suit that Combs instructed him to show constabulary Combs had thing to do pinch nan shooting and that it occurred extracurricular of nan workplace by a drive-by assailant. Jones maintained that G was not changeable extracurricular of Chalice.

Chalice Recording Studio did not instantly respond to a petition for remark Monday. It besides did not respond to a erstwhile petition for remark past week.

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The amended filing includes a connection allegedly sent by Chalice to an unnamed personification stating: “The shooting occurred a half a artifact distant from Chalice and it was a consequence of a robbery. There are constabulary reports corroborating this. Please hold for facts to travel retired earlier you commencement contributing to nan defamation of our organization.”

The amended title besides states, citing a media report, that Holley claimed nan shooting happened respective blocks distant and that G went to nan workplace aft he was shot.

But Jones’ original suit claims nan LAPD was wrong Chalice and “witnessed nan humor successful nan restroom,” but still “went pinch nan bogus claim” that nan shooting took spot extracurricular of nan studio.

Included successful nan original filing are screenshots purportedly showing “the aftermath of nan restroom wherever G was changeable by either Mr. Combs aliases J. Combs.” NBC News has not been capable to place nan reddish liquid depicted successful nan screenshots. Jones besides claimed he has nan clothing he wore nan time of nan shooting, which he says whitethorn person nan DNA of nan shooting victim.

The amended filing besides includes a photograph of Combs purportedly astatine nan workplace connected nan nighttime successful question. The filing states Combs and his boy were not astatine nan workplace erstwhile nan constabulary arrived and alleges that Combs and his boy “hid out” successful different workplace while constabulary investigated and were nan first to time off aft officers departed.

Capt. Kelly Muniz said Saturday nan LAPD would not remark connected nan pending civilian suit aliases immoderate of nan circumstantial allegations.

Attorneys and representatives for some Sean and Justin Combs did not instantly respond to a petition for remark Monday astir nan allegations successful nan amended complaint.

Representatives for Justin Combs connected Feb. 27 denied nan allegations revenge successful nan original complaint, which they called “absurd” and “lies,” and said location would beryllium “legal consequences for ALL defamatory statements made astir nan Combs family.”

Los Angeles constabulary person said officers responded to a telephone of a imaginable shooting early connected Sept. 12, 2022, connected nan 800 artifact of N. Highland Avenue — nan aforesaid artifact arsenic Chalice.

Police said nan unfortunate told them 2 group approached him while he was adjacent to his vehicle, which was parked connected nan street, demanded his spot and changeable him successful nan torso aft a struggle.

Two months later, constabulary arrested 3 group and alleged they were responsible for a bid of robberies passim nan metropolis and perchance others. A constabulary spokesperson told NBC News that included nan Sept. 12 shooting.

On Tuesday, Holley told NBC News that Los Angeles constabulary confirmed nan shooting did not hap astatine aliases adjacent nan studio, that Combs was not a fishy and that group progressive are being prosecuted.

The LAPD did not specifically respond to nan first allegations elaborate successful nan original complaint, but a root acquainted pinch nan investigation told NBC News that Combs was not progressive successful nan investigation. NBC News has not confirmed whether Combs was interviewed.

In nan original complaint, Jones alleged that Combs called Jones successful August 2022 to petition that Jones nutrient respective songs connected nan R&B medium “The Love Album: Off nan Grid,” which was released successful September 2023 and was nominated for a Grammy.

Jones alleged successful nan original title that complete nan people of their clip surviving and moving together, Combs sexually harassed and assaulted Jones aggregate times. He said he was besides forced to solicit activity workers and execute activity acts pinch them to please Combs.

In 1 alleged lawsuit Jones said took spot successful February of past year, he said he woke up naked, dizzy and confused successful furniture pinch Combs and 2 activity workers, and that he believes Combs drugged him.

In nan original complaint, Jones said he has hundreds of hours of video and audio to support his allegations of intersexual harassment because Combs often required Jones to “record him constantly.” The video and audio of Combs, his unit and his guests allegedly shows them “engaging successful superior forbidden activity,” nan suit said.

Holley, an lawyer for Combs, connected Feb. 26 called Jones’ allegations successful nan original filing “complete lies,” adding: “We will reside these outlandish allegations successful tribunal and return each due action against those who make them.”

In nan suit revenge Feb. 26, Jones described Combs arsenic “forceful and demanding” and personification who does not return nary for an answer. Jones alleged that Combs, being 1 of nan astir influential group successful nan euphony industry, leveraged his powerfulness to intimidate Jones, including by making threats that he would origin bodily harm to Jones if he did not comply pinch Combs’ demands.

“Mr. Combs consistently made it clear that he has immense powerfulness successful nan euphony manufacture and pinch rule enforcement,” nan suit said.

In nan amended complaint, Jones alleged that he learned past week that a backstage investigator, who he claims is linked to Combs, sought out, harassed and bribed a adjacent friend “to supply dirt” connected Jones.

Jones claimed nan interrogator attempted to bribe nan friend to nutrient grounds to “paint Mr. Jones successful a bad light.” The filing alleges Jones’ friend is now acrophobic for their information and that of their family pursuing nan alleged communication.

Representatives for Combs did not instantly respond to a petition for remark Monday astir nan backstage interrogator allegation.

Jones besides alleged successful nan Feb. 26  filing that he was not paid for his activity connected “The Love Album: Off nan Grid,” contempt being “under an implied work-for-hire agreement.” The suit says Combs, Love Records, Motown Records and Universal Music Group benefited from his work, but that he was not compensated. Love Records, Motown Records and Universal Music Group did not respond to a erstwhile petition for comment.

In nan amended title revenge Monday, Jones said erstwhile he was recruited to activity connected “The Love Album,” he told nan recruiter he wanted $20,000 per song, 4 royalty points, in installments arsenic a producer, in installments for each instrumentality played connected nan songs, and nan retention of his publishing rights.

Jones said he and nan recruiter orally agreed to nan terms. Combs guaranteed nan position were “accepted.” Because of this, Jones signed connected to nan project, nan title states.

The amended title alleges Jones suffered losses including $220,000, 4 royalty points and shaper credits for 9 songs. He is seeking $30 million.

“Filing a suit should ne'er beryllium nan first action successful a dispute. We tin person an honorable chat to resoluteness nan issues arsenic I suggested, aliases we tin travel nan aforesaid scheme Shawn Holley utilized that sewage her clients Danny Masterson and Tory Lanez convicted. Makes 1 wonderment who is really managing this business for Mr. Combs,” Jones’ attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, said Monday.

In a consequence to a petition for remark connected Feb. 26, Blackburn utilized a Latin phrase, “res ipsa loquitur,” which loosely translates arsenic “the point speaks for itself,” referring to nan lawsuit.

In summation to Jones’ suit, 4 women revenge abstracted lawsuits against Combs precocious past year, each accusing him of intersexual assault.

The first was revenge by vocalist Cassie, whose ineligible sanction is Casandra Ventura. In it, she said Combs physically abused her and forced her to person activity pinch antheral prostitutes while he masturbated and recorded it. The suit was settled nan time aft it was filed, but nan colony was “in nary measurement an admittance of wrongdoing,” an lawyer for Combs said astatine nan time.

Following Cassie’s lawsuit, 2 different women — Liza Gardner and Joie Dickerson-Neal — revenge lawsuits against Combs alleging he sexually assaulted them.

Then, a female identified only arsenic Jane Doe successful tribunal documents, revenge different lawsuit, alleging Combs and 2 different men gang-raped her erstwhile she was 17 and Combs was 34.

Those 3 cases against Combs are still pending. In Doe’s case, nan tribunal ruled Thursday she cannot stay anonymous if nan lawsuit proceeds.

In a connection successful December, Combs denied nan allegations against him, saying “enough is enough,” and called nan claims against him “sickening.”

“Let maine beryllium perfectly clear: I did not do immoderate of nan atrocious things being alleged. I will conflict for my name, my family and for nan truth,” he said successful nan connection astatine nan time.

Diana Dasrath and Andrew Blankstein reported from Los Angeles, and Rebecca Cohen from New York City.

Diana Dasrath

Diana Dasrath is intermezo shaper and elder newsman for NBC News covering each platforms.

Andrew Blankstein

Andrew Blankstein is an investigative reporter for NBC News. He covers nan Western U.S., specializing successful crime, courts and homeland security. 

Rebecca Cohen

Rebecca Cohen is simply a breaking news newsman for NBC News.