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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Under Federal Criminal Investigation in New York

Sean “Diddy” Combs is currently the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation, according to NBC News, which cited two sources familiar with the matter.

The sources confirmed that a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York is evaluating evidence as part of the investigation. Specific details regarding the investigation remain undisclosed.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment, and Combs’ lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

Deadline has also corroborated the existence of the investigation.

“This is the next step in the process for Mr. Combs as the investigation continues,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the grand jury proceedings told Deadline. The official confirmed that Combs and his legal team were formally informed about the grand jury last week, as initially reported by NBC.

According to NBC, legal experts explain that being a “subject” in such investigations means the person falls within the scope of the criminal investigation. An individual becomes a “target” when prosecutors are likely to seek an indictment from the grand jury.

NBC also noted that there are no immediate indications of impending actions, as Combs has not received a target letter. The Southern District of New York is not mandated to send one.

This development emerges three months after law enforcement officials raided Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

Combs has faced significant scrutiny over the past seven months. Multiple women have come forward with sexual assault allegations. In May, CNN released video footage showing Combs physically assaulting his then-girlfriend, Cassandra “Cassie” Ventura, at a Los Angeles hotel in 2016.

In November, Combs settled a federal lawsuit filed by Ventura. The settlement was reached the day after the suit was filed.

Additionally, Combs has been stripped of honors by Howard University, had a reality project dropped by Hulu, and divested his stake in his former company, Revolt.

Source: NBC News, Deadline