Diddy Hires Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyer For 2003 Rape Case

Warning: The following article contains triggering language related to sexual assault, abuse, and rape.

Diddy has hired Ghislaine Maxwell‘s lawyer to fight his 2003 rape case. According to legal affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff, the disgraced mogul enlisted the help of Bobbi Sternheim for the case. 

If that name rings a bell, it’s because Sternheim was previously the president of the New York Women’s Bar Association. Additionally, Bobbi is known for repping several high-profile clients over the years. One particular instance saw the attorney defend Khaled al-Fawwaz, Osama Bin Laden’s aide, in 2015. The New York Post reports that Sternheim aided him in the case for the role he played in the infamous 1998 bombings of two U.S. African embassies that claimed over 200 lives. Khaled al-Fawwaz was eventually sentenced to life in prison. 

Diddy was hit with a December 2023 lawsuit claiming that he, along with former Bad Boy executive Harve Pierre and a third unnamed man, gang-raped a woman when she was 17. Rolling Stone reported that the suit alleges Sean Combs led the Jane Doe to a bathroom where he raped her while she “hung over the sink.” The unnamed woman claims she slipped in and out of consciousness during the incident. She asserted that the unnamed man swapped places with Combs while the producer watched. According to the suit, she alleged Pierre then subjected her to “nonconsensual vaginal sex,” and that he finished by “violently forcing her to give him oral sex.”

Her legal document also claims that she was trafficked across state lines and given “copious amounts of drugs and alcohol.” Doe alleges that she was picked up at a Detroit private lounge and transported on a private jet to the East Coast, where the disturbing incident took place.

The victim claims to have been transported back to Michigan, with “very limited recollection” of the return flight.

Jane’s lawsuit was filed under the Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Act. The groundbreaking act offers victims a two-year window to file civil claims that fall outside the statute of limitations for incidents occurring in the five boroughs. The Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Act is set to expire on March 1, 2025.