Sean Combs dàn xếp vụ kiện, nhưng những rắc rối của anh ấy chỉ mới bắt đầu

ông trùm hip-hop phủ nhận cáo buộc tấn công tình dục trong vụ kiện gây chấn động. Khi cáo buộc chồng chất, đế chế kinh doanh và danh tiếng của anh ngày càng chùn bước

For years, accusations of violence trailed Mr. Combs, who since the 1990s has been known as Puff Daddy and Diddy. The accusations had little impact, however, on his public persona as a raffish celebrity who was a fixture in gossip columns, a personal brand crystallized (thương hiệu cá nhân kết tinh) by the name of his music label: Bad Boy. But the suit in November, filed by his former girlfriend Casandra Ventura — who makes music as the singer Cassie — seemed to open the floodgates.

A string of other lawsuits followed, accusing him of various forms of sexual assault (hình thức tấn công tình dục khác nhau) and misconduct. Mr. Combs, 54, has vehemently denied all the allegations, but the graphic and detailed complaint by Ms. Ventura — and the headlines that followed — changed that narrative to a degree that now imperils Mr. Combs’s business empire and has made him a pariah in the music industry. And a raid by federal authorities at two of his homes on Monday suggested that authorities are considering possible criminal charges.

In recent months, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York have been quietly leading an investigation, conducting interviews with potential witnesses (nhân chứng tiềm năng) about accusations of sexual assault (cáo buộc tấn công tình dục) by Mr. Combs, according to a person familiar with the interviews.

That led to the raids on Mr. Combs’s homes in Los Angeles and Miami Beach by federal officers, who were seen removing computers and other electronic devices (thiết bị điện tử). Mr. Combs was also stopped at an airport in the Miami area, apparently on his way to the Bahamas with members of his family. Officers there took a number of devices from Mr. Combs, though he was not arrested, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. A lawyer for Mr. Combs, Aaron Dyer, called the raids an “excessive show of force” that would result in a “premature rush to judgment of Mr. Combs.”

source: nytimes,

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