Diddy Hires Ghislaine Maxwell’s Attorney For 2003 Rape Case

Bobbi Sternheim, the Bad Boy founder's new lawyer, also defended Khaled al-Fawwaz, Osama Bin Laden's aide.

Diddy has hired a high-powered attorney to represent him in a lawsuit from a woman claiming she was raped by the Bad Boy Records founder and two other men when she was a 17-year-old girl in 2003.

According to legal affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff, the entertainment mogul retained the services of Bobbi Sternheim as he faces several lawsuits where he’s accused of sexual misconduct.

"Yesterday (Feb.15), Bobbi Sternheim joined Diddy's legal team in the federal sexual assault lawsuit. Her client list includes Ghislaine Maxwell," Cuniff's tweet read.

The New York Post reported that Sternheim, former president of the New York Women's Bar Association, previously defended Ghislaine Maxwell, Jefferey Epstein’s close confidant, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking women and girls for Epstein to abuse sexually.

She was also the lawyer for Osama bin Laden's aide Khaled al-Fawwaz in the 2015 trial for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. al-Fawwaz was eventually sentenced to life in prison.

According to the suit filed in December, the plaintiff accused Diddy, Bad Boy executive Harve Pierre,  and another man of "a sex trafficking scheme that involved supplying [Jane Doe] with alcohol and transporting her by private jet to New York City where she was gang-raped."

Diddy Temporarily Steps Downs As REVOLT Chairman Amid Sexual Assault Lawsuits

The victim said she was in 11th grade when she first met Pierre and "the third assailant" in Detroit at a local lounge. The plaintiff was allegedly convinced to fly on a private plane to New Jersey, where they would drive to Diddy’s House Recording Studio in New York City.

Following the series of lawsuits against him, Diddy announced in an official statement in November that he was stepping down as chairman of REVOLT.

“While Mr. Combs has previously no operational or day-to-day role in the business, this decision helps ensure that REVOLT remains steadfastly focused on our mission to create meaningful content for the culture and amplify the voices of all Black people throughout this country and the African diaspora,” the statement reads. “Our focus has always been one that reflects our commitment to the collective journey of REVOLT — one that is not driven by the individual, but by the shared efforts and values of our entire team on behalf of advancing, elevating, and championing our culture and that continues.”

Additionally,  Dr. Steve Perry, the founder of Capital Prep Harlem, also announced that the charter school would part ways with Diddy in the “best interest” of the institution’s future.

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