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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

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A former employee of Sean “Diddy” Combs has filed a lawsuit against the producer and businessman, alleging sexual assault, harassment, and “grooming.”

Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, Combs’ former producer and videographer, filed a civil complaint in New York federal court on Monday. He claimed to have worked for and travelled with Combs from 2022 to 2023 and collaborated on Combs’ most recent record, “Love.”

Jones alleges that Combs did not compensate him for his music production job, forced him to procure and interact with sex workers, intimidated him, and gave alcoholic beverages laced with drugs to visitors at his home parties. Kristina Khorram, Combs’ chief of staff; Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grainge; former Motown CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam; and Combs’ adult son, Justin, are all defendants.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Justin Combs is accused of inviting prostitutes and underage females to parties at his father’s properties. According to the lawsuit, Khorram allegedly hired prostitutes and illegal narcotics for Combs and his guests, and Jones suspected Khorram “aided and abetted” the sexual assault. According to the lawsuit, Grainge and Habtemarian “sponsored and attended several” listening parties for the “Love” album at Combs’ Los Angeles home and “knew or should have known that Mr. Combs was drugging the attendees through laced bottles of DeLeon Tequila, and Ciroc Vodka.” According to the lawsuit, Grainge and Habtemarian “had a duty and obligation to ensure that sex workers and underaged girls were not present, and that Mr Combs was not spiking the alcohol with date rape drugs.”

Jones seeks $30 million.

Sean Combs’ attorney, Shawn Holley, rejected the charges in a statement to CNN, calling Jones “a liar.”

“His irresponsible name-dropping about incidents that are a complete fabrication and did not occur is nothing more than a clear attempt to grab attention. “We have overwhelming, irrefutable evidence that his claims are complete lies,” Holley stated in the statement. “We attempted to share this proof with Mr Jones’ attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, but he refused to return our calls. We will address these outrageous charges in court and take necessary action against individuals who make them.

A spokesman for Justin Combs told CNN in a statement: “Justin Combs completely denies these ridiculous charges. They’re all falsehoods! This is a clear example of a desperate person pursuing desperate methods in the hopes of receiving a paycheck. ALL derogatory remarks regarding the Combs family will result in legal action.”

CNN has reached out to Jones’ attorney for comment on their claims. Khorram, Grainge, and Habtemariam representatives have yet to respond to requests for comment.

Jones claims in his complaint, which CNN has obtained, that “Mr. Jones was the victim of constant uninvited and unauthorized groping and touching of his anus throughout his time living with Mr. Combs.”

When Jones expressed worry about the alleged harassment of Khorram, the lawsuit claims she dismissed it as “friendly horseplay.”

Jones described Combs as “forceful and demanding” in the lawsuit, stating that he exhibited firearms, discussed getting away with shooting people, and frightened Jones with his music industry connections.

Jones claims that as his videographer, he “has secured HUNDREDS of hours of footage and audio recordings of Mr. Combs, his staff, and his guests engaging in serious illegal activity.”

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Jones claims that Combs urged him to watch producer and reality TV celebrity Steven ‘Stevie J’ Jordan, whom Combs allegedly knew Jones admired professionally, have sex with another guy.

“This was done to ease Mr. Jones’ anxiety concerning homosexuality,” the suit claims. “According to Mr. Combs, ‘this is a normal practice in the music industry, look even Stevie J is doing it.'”

Stevie J is not accused of wrongdoing or listed as a defendant in the complaint. In a statement to CNN, he labelled Jones’ charges “false.”

“My lawyer will handle this going forward,” Stevie J explained.

Jones also alleges in the lawsuit that Combs is to blame for a sexual assault he claims to have seen by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., which allegedly took place “on a yacht that MrMrombs rented in the US Virgin Islands in January 2023.”

According to the complaint, “Mr. Combs was present while Cuba Gooding Jr. was assaulting Mr. Jones.” “Mr. Jones was legally on the premises as Mr. Combs’ guest and invitee.” Cuba Gooding Jr. was legally on the premises as Mr. Combs’ guest and invitee.

Gooding, Jr. has not publicly commented on the accusation, and his agents have not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment. He is not listed as a defendant in the litigation.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Combs settled a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend, singer Casandra Ventura, who claimed he raped her and subjected her to years of physical and other abuse.

“A decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing,” Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, told CNN in a statement at the time. “Mr. Combs’ choice to settle the litigation in no way undermines his outright denial of the allegations. He is pleased that they reached an amicable agreement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”

Weeks later, at least two further civil cases were filed against Combs, alleging sexual assault.

“I have sat silently and watched people try to assassinate my character, destroy my reputation, and erase my legacy,” Combs stated in a December statement. “Shocking claims have been levelled about me by those searching for a quick reward. Let me be clear: I did not do any heinous acts being accused. “I will fight for my name, family, and the truth.”

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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AI Model Aitana Lopez “Racks Up” Over 300K Instagram Followers

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is nearly ubiquitous, occupying video and audio environments. In recent years, the K-pop music industry has used deep-fake technology to create groups that resemble actual individuals. Now meet Aitana, Spain’s first AI model.

Eternity and Mave, virtual female groups developed using artificial intelligence, have blurred the barriers between entertainment and technology. Whether we like it or not, these accelerating and frightening shifts are here to stay.

AI has recently made influencers one of its goals. Aitana Lopez, a 25-year-old AI-powered influencer from Spain, is a pioneer in the field. Switching lanes to her Instagram, @fit_aitana will strike you with eerie realism, as her “virtual soul” has deliberately developed a personality that is exceptionally lifelike and resembles the presence of a real-life model.

Her Instagram account already has over 300,000 followers.

Aitana, created by Ruben Cruz, the creator of AI modeling business The Clueless, is a an AI model.

According to Euronews, Cruz’s breakthrough idea was fueled by the agency’s struggle to form genuine business relationships with real-life influencers. “Many projects were put on hold due to problems beyond our control,” the Clueless creator stated.

The Clueless describes Aitana, who is 25 years old, as a “strong and determined woman, independent in her actions and generous in her willingness to help others”. The AI model is also described as a Scorpio with a passion for video games and a commitment to fitness. Her vibrantly crafted design highlights Aitana as a standout with a multifaceted personality.

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The Clueless Agency describes the AI influencer with eye-catching pink hair as an outgoing persona with “complicated humour and self-centeredness.”

The AI-powered “gamer at heart and fitness lover” was born on December 11, 1998. Her Instagram photos depict a digitally produced universe that reinforces the notion that she is engaging in real-world activities.

Following her trendsetting debut, the AI agency unveiled her other virtual companion, The Clueless’ second AI model, Maia Lima.

Similar to the controversy and criticism surrounding K-pop’s experimental experimentation, the rise of AI influencers has pushed unrealistic beauty standards.

While it is possible to focus on current technological advancements, this side of the virtual story is not without concerns for the future.

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