I have always been a bit of a fan of P.Diddy. He is a self made success story, able to achieve significant artistic and cultural influence within the context of a racial bias of "middle class America". His ambition, style and ability has emerged from the suburbs and urban centers of the US to launch a multifaceted global presence in the arenas of music, fashion, and entertainment. Perhaps that is why I am so interested in following this news story out of LA.
It seems Diddy has been sued by a man who alleges that the rap impresario attacked him at a pre-Oscars party last week. According to a Reuters report, Gerard Rechnitzer claims in a law suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Diddy pushed and punched him during the early-morning scuffle.
In the suit, Rechnitzer, 27, claims he and his girlfriend ran into Combs at the club Teddy's inside the Roosevelt Hotel in the early morning hours of February 25. When Rechnitzer returned from a trip to the bathroom, he found Combs talking to his girlfriend and when Rechnitzer approached, Combs, 37, yelled at him "in a threatening and ominous matter," according to the suit. Rechnitzer claims in the suit that after he approached Combs, the rapper/producer shouted an obscenity at him without provocation, leading Rechnitzer to warn his girlfriend that they should leave. That allegedly prompted Combs to yell at him, "I'll smack flames out your ass!," according to the Reuters report. It was at that point, the suit claims, that Combs "attacked, assaulted and battered" Rechnitzer, causing him "to fly backwards several feet" into a vehicle behind him. Combs then allegedly pushed Rechnitzer's girlfriend and attempted to spit on another female member of Rechnitzer's group, prompting Rechnitzer to call the police.
I generally give the benefit of the doubt in a lot of these nuissance lawsuits...particularly given the alleged insult from Diddy. I mean, "Flames out your ass"? I might expect this from Will Smith...but Diddy could do much better than that!!