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Diddy’s ex posts video of ‘overtly militarized’ mansion raid

The mother of Justin Dior Combs, the son of embattled mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, accused federal agents who raided Combs’ Holmby Hills mansion on March 18 of “overzealousness” and “overtly militarized force” in during their investigation.

Designer Misa Hylton posted security footage from the Homeland Security Investigations raid on Instagram Tuesday that showed dozens of federal officials executing a search warrant at the 17,000-square-foot residence and accusing them of racism. The arrest warrants stem from an ongoing sex trafficking investigation — led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York — against the influential Bad Boy Entertainment co-founder, who is battling legal issues and allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. years.

The footage, which the Times confirmed came from a home security system, shows officers dressed in military fatigues pointing a gun at one son and a laser at another.

Combs has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the allegations. Hylton’s son and Christian “King” Combs, one of Diddy’s three sons with the late Kim Porter, were briefly detained at the Holmby Hills residence but were not arrested, the Times confirmed.

“The overzealous and overtly militarized force used against my sons Justin and Christian is deplorable,” Hylton wrote. “If these were the sons of a non-black celebrity, they would not have been treated with the same aggression. The attempt to humiliate and terrorize these innocent young BLACK MEN is despicable! »

The designer said “multiple gun laser beams” were pointed at her son’s chest and that Christian had a gun pointed at the back of his head while in custody, highlighting these instances in the video clip that she published.

The “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper was not home in the Los Angeles area at the time. Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Times that the father of seven was scheduled to fly out March 18 for spring break with his school-age daughters, but chose to delay the trip after learning of the searches. He still has his passport, they added. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Hylton said his son’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, was “investigating the excessive use of force that was unnecessary and certainly not required by this search warrant.” Lichtman’s office did not immediately respond Tuesday to The Times’ request for comment.

“We will fight for justice using every resource imaginable. I’m not with the propaganda!!!! Hylton said.

Federal authorities have said little about the case.

But law enforcement sources told the Times that Combs is the subject of a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of sex trafficking and sexual assault.

The investigation comes after four women filed civil lawsuits accusing Combs of rape, assault and other abuse, dating back three decades. One of the allegations involved a minor.

His former girlfriend, Casandra Ventura, the singer known as Cassie, accused him of rape and repeated physical assault and said he forced her to have sex with prostitutes in front of him. Joi Dickerson-Neal accused Combs in a lawsuit of drugging and raping her in 1991, recording the attack and then distributing the footage without her consent.

Liza Gardner filed a third complaint in which she claimed Combs and R&B singer Aaron Hall sexually assaulted her. Hall could not be reached for comment.

Another lawsuit alleges that Combs and former Bad Boy label president Harve Pierre gang raped and sexually exploited a 17-year-old girl. Pierre said in a statement that the allegations were “disgusting,” “false” and a “desperate attempt for financial gain.”

Combs has not been charged with any crime and has denied the civil lawsuit’s allegations.

Sources familiar with the operation who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly said it appears investigators searching Combs’ Holmby Hills home emptied the safes, dismantled electronic devices and left papers scattered in some rooms. Federal agents disabled its security system and seized the hard drive, sources told the Times.

Hylton’s remarks echo a statement released last week by Combs’ criminal attorney, criticizing the federal government for its “excessive use of military force.”

“This unprecedented ambush – coupled with an advanced and coordinated media presence – is leading to a premature rush to judgment for Mr. Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on baseless accusations made in civil suits,” attorney Aaron Dyer said at the time. . “None of these allegations has led to a finding of criminal or civil liability.”

The 54-year-old billionaire has only spoken through his lawyer since the searches, but on Sunday Combs returned to Instagram to mark Easter on behalf of his youngest child.

California Daily Newspapers

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