What Did Diddy Do? Why Sean Combs’ Home Was Raided by Feds – Hollywood Life

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The rapper's homes were reportedly raided as part of a 'sex trafficking' investigation, and two of his children were seen leaving his L.A. property after the incident.

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On March 25, 2024, Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ Los Angeles home was raided by federal law enforcement. The news came amid the rapper and music producer’s legal woes, including a 2023 lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura, who claimed that he sexually assaulted her. Though he denied the claims and settled the case, Combs is under investigation by Homeland Security.

During the raid, two of Diddy’s children — sons Justin and King Combs — were reportedly led out of his L.A. property in handcuffs. Hours later, they were seen briefly returning to the property to pick up their belongings and left to an undisclosed location, according to TMZ. After the news broke, a few other artists spoke out about their experiences with Diddy. Nearly a week after the raid, Diddy broke his silence on social media with a photo of his daughter for Easter.

Find out more about Diddy’s legal troubles below.

Why Was Diddy’s House Raided?

Homeland Security did not publicly explained the reason behind its raid on Diddy’s home. However, the agency released a statement to multiple outlets about the incident.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York executed law enforcement actions as part of an ongoing investigation, with assistance from HSI Los Angeles, HSI Miami, and our local law enforcement partners,” Homeland Security explained in a statement, per CNN. “We will provide further information as it becomes available.”

According to NBC, a source told the outlet that “three women and a man have been interviewed by federal officials in Manhattan in relation to allegations of sex trafficking, sexual assault and the solicitation and distribution of illegal narcotics and firearms.” The outlet also reported that Homeland Security and federal agents executed search warrants at Diddy’s L.A. and Miami properties. Following the raid, it was reported that law enforcement found firearms at both of the rapper’s residences.

What Has Diddy Said Since the Raid?

Following the raid, Diddy’s lawyer Aaron Dyer released a statement speaking about the “excessive” force used in the raid. He also said that the rapper coordinated with law enforcement in the investigation. “Yesterday, there was a gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed at Mr. Combs’ residences,” he said, via E! News. “There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated.”

The attorney also defended Diddy’s innocence. “This unprecedented ambush—paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence—leads to a premature rush to judgment of Mr. Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits,” he said. “There has been no finding of criminal or civil liability with any of these allegations. Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name.”

Nearly a week after the raid, Diddy returned to social media with a series of photos of his one-year-old daughter Love on Easter. He didn’t address the allegations, and he had the comment section turned off.

What Did Diddy Do?

While the 2024 Homeland Security investigation is ongoing, Combs previously made headlines for multiple allegations of sexual assault in late 2023. That November, Diddy’s ex-girlfriend Ventura filed a lawsuit against him in the Federal District Court in New York City for alleged rape and abuse.

According to court documents from Ventura’s lawsuit, she accused Combs of “beating her” and “forcing her to have sex” with “male prostitutes” while Diddy allegedly recorded the sexual “encounters.” At the time when Ventura and Combs began dating when she was 19 and he was in his 30s. The exes had an on and off relationship for several years.

In response to the claims, Combs defended himself in an Instagram statement.

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” he wrote . “For the last couple of weeks, I have sat silently and watched people try to assassinate my character, destroy my reputation and my legacy. Sickening allegations have been made against me by individuals looking for a quick pay day. Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged. I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

Diddy’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, also released a statement as well, denying the sexual assault allegations.

“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” the attorney said. “For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail. Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday.”

Shortly thereafter, Ventura and Combs settled the case that month. However, in December 2023, another woman came forward with accusations of sexual assault against Combs. She claimed that he raped her in 2003 when she was 17.

By early 2024, Diddy was facing five accusations of sexual assault.

If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.