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What we know about Diddy's sex trafficking allegations

Armored trucks, helicopters, and swarms of federal agents and police descended upon Sean "Diddy" Combs's Los Angeles home on Monday - part of a bicoastal raid carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, which also searched his Miami residence. A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the searches are part of a sex trafficking investigation.

Combs has long been considered one of the most influential people in the music industry: a Grammy-winning producer and artist with a reputation for throwing lavish, star-studded parties. But over the last four months, the hip-hop mogul, who also has gone by the stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy and P. Diddy, has been the focus of five lawsuits alleging physical abuse, sexual violence and sex trafficking. The accusations span more than 30 years, from 2023 back to the start of Combs's career in the early '90s, when he was a wunderkind producer at Uptown Records. Combs has denied all the allegations against him.

Combs attorney Aaron Dyer called the searches a "a gross overuse of military-level force" and "a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits." He noted that his client has not been arrested, and he added: "Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name."


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