Two properties owned by rapper and media mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by federal agents with the Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other law enforcement bodies on Monday.

These searches are part of an ongoing New York criminal investigation into the entertainment industry insider regarding allegations of sex trafficking.

In an official statement, Homeland Security Investigations said it “executed law enforcement actions as part of an ongoing investigation, with assistance from HSI Los Angeles, HSI Miami, and our local law enforcement partners.”

Law enforcement officials were not at liberty to tell the press about the purpose of the investigations. Multiple individuals were detained and brought out of the homes according to news footage.

This follows from a series of lawsuits from women alleging that Diddy abused them. Diddy wielded tremendous influence in the entertainment business during the 1990s and 2000s, and all the victims claim he abused his power toward sadistic ends, including violence, rape, and emotional manipulation.

In February, a music producer alleged in a lawsuit that Combs coerced him into having sex with prostitutes, about which Combs’ attorney Shawn Holley said: “We have overwhelming, indisputable proof that his claims are complete lies.”

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In the first of these, which Valuetainment reported on at the time, P. Diddy was sued in federal court in November 2023 by R&B singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura on accusations of rape and repeated physical abuse over a decade. Ventura, who was once signed to Diddy’s label and was his long-time romantic partner, claims he began abusing her at 19. The suit described Combs as an unstable and manipulative individual who used coercive tactics and violent threats.

The alleged abuses included controlling her with drugs and alcohol, beating her, and forcing her to have sex with male prostitutes. She also alleged that Combs forced himself into her home and raped her, that he forced Ventura to carry his handgun in her purse, that he once dangled a friend of hers from the balcony of a high-rise hotel, and that he blew up a car belonging to artist Kid Cudi when he found out he was interested in Ventura.

The suit was settled just one day after it was filed when the two parties had reached a deal “to their mutual satisfaction.” No terms were disclosed nor were any statements released beyond the official one distributed by the lawyer, which was formal and did not go into detail.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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