JUST IN: Rap Mogul Diddy’s Properties Raided By Federal Agents Over Alleged Sex Trafficking

Rap Mogul Diddy's Properties Raided By Federal Agents Over Alleged Sex Trafficking

Rap Mogul Diddy's Raided By Federal Agents Over Alleged Trafficking

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United States Department of Homeland Security agents have opened an investigation about hip-hop star, Sean “Diddy” Combs, searching his properties in Los Angeles and the Miami area, on Monday.

The inquiry was led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in New York, where a lawsuit was filed against Combs by a former girlfriend in federal court in November, accusing him of engaging in sex trafficking.

Combs, 54, has said that he was innocent and that his accusers were seeking “a quick payday.”

Television stations in Los Angeles carried aerial footage showing HSI agents and other law enforcement authorities raiding Combs' lavish estate in the city's upscale Holmby Hills neighborhood.

Los Angeles Service reported several people were detained outside the home but it was unclear whether any arrest was made.

Federal authorities also executed a search warrant at the rap mogul's Miami-area home.

R&B vocalist Cassandra Ventura sued Combs in federal court in Manhattan in mid-November, accusing him of subjecting her to , sexual slavery and rape during a 10-year professional and romantic .

One of the central allegations of Ventura's suit was that Combs forced her to engage in sex acts with male prostitutes he hired while he watched and filmed the encounters.

The lawsuit cited violations of sex trafficking and human trafficking statutes under federal, New York and California laws.

Ventura and Combs, who has used such monikers as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and Diddy, announced the next day they had settled the case under confidential terms.

Brafman said at the time that the settlement was “in no way an admission of wrongdoing” and that his maintained his “flat-out denial” of Ventura's claims.

Ventura's lawsuit was one of at least four civil complaints in recent months leveling sexual allegations against Combs.

In December, in response to the latest civil complaint, which accused him of taking part in the gang rape of a teenager that he arranged to fly from Detroit to New York ago, Combs issued a statement denying all the allegations as fabrications by people seeking money.

Combs, founder of the landmark label Bad Records, is one of the most influential producers and executives in hip-hop and a hugely successful performer, as well as the impresario of his own Sean John clothing line.

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