Where’s Diddy? What we know about the investigation into the music mogul

Tracking Diddy: The Latest Updates on the Investigation Involving the Music Mogul

On a recent Monday, federal agents conducted raids at the Los Angeles and Miami residences linked to music industry giant Sean “Diddy” Combs. Aerial footage captured by Sky5 revealed the presence of SWAT teams and agents donned in bulletproof vests surrounding Combs’ Holmby Hills home on South Mapleton Drive, Los Angeles. Agents were also observed interrogating several individuals who seemed to be temporarily held outside the premises.

Reports indicate that among those possibly detained were Justin Combs, 30, and Christian “King” Combs, 25, sons of the Bad Boy Records founder. According to documents reviewed by KTLA, the property is not directly owned by Combs but is connected to his production company. A Mercedes-Benz G Class, commonly known as a “G-Wagon” and found on the site, was registered to Bad Boy Productions Inc.

At the time of the raids, the “I’ll Be Missing You” artist was not at either property.

In the midst of these events, various news outlets tracked Combs’ private jet, LoveAir LLC, to Antigua, leading to speculation that he might have left the country. However, People magazine reported that the private plane left Sacramento Executive Airport on the evening of March 24, making a stop at Palm Springs International Airport before heading to Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, and finally reaching Antigua the next morning.

Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, commented on the situation, noting that Antigua, being a country with extradition agreements, would not be an ideal destination for fleeing. Despite the speculation, it was later confirmed that Combs was not on the plane. Following the raids, TMZ released footage showing Combs pacing at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport, where he and some associates were reportedly stopped by officials.

Rolling Stone reported the arrest of a 25-year-old man named Brendan Paul, accused of being Combs’ drug “mule” in a lawsuit. The current whereabouts of Combs remain unknown, with FlightAware noting that tracking for his aircraft was disabled upon request from the owner or operator.

The reason behind these dramatic raids? Homeland Security Investigations officials informed KTLA that the actions were part of an ongoing investigation related to human trafficking crimes, with assistance from various local law enforcement partners. CNN added that the probe was spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security’s team specializing in human trafficking crimes, with allegations stemming from several civil lawsuits filed against Combs, accusing him of sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking, all of which he has denied.

The catalyst for these lawsuits was a shocking claim made in November 2023 by Combs’ protégé and former girlfriend, singer Cassie, who accused him of years of sexual abuse, including rape. The lawsuit alleged forced sexual encounters with male prostitutes, which Combs allegedly filmed.

Despite settling a lawsuit with Ventura just a day after it was filed, Combs faces ongoing legal challenges. He has publicly denied all allegations of misconduct. In response to a lawsuit filed by a music producer in February, Combs’ attorney, Shawn Holley, stated they possess overwhelming evidence proving the claims to be false.

Following the lawsuits, Combs resigned as chairman of his cable television network, Revolt, and reportedly sold all his shares to an unidentified buyer. He also launched Empower Global, an online marketplace promoting Black-owned brands, which remains active but currently lists no products for sale.

Combs’ representatives have yet to respond to inquiries regarding the raids and ongoing investigation.