Sean “Diddy” Combs has been hit with a new lawsuit, according to reports. He is facing a lawsuit from a man named Charles Kenyatta Jr., who is accusing the Bad Boy Records founder of trademark infringement and breach of contract in New York.
Court documents sighted by Hot New Hip Hop noted that Kenyatta Jr., who was an inmate at Collins Correctional Facility, is accusing Diddy of infringing upon his trademark on “Act Bad,” by releasing a song by the same name, last year.
According to Kenyatta Jr., he established email correspondence with Diddy but the rapper stopped responding to emails from his lawyer after bringing up the trademark.
“Sean Combs made a song called ‘ACT BAD’ and wanted to [sell] Act Bad merchandise, a percentage of the net profits for recorded song and music video, also a percentage of merchandise T-shirts, hats, etc.” Kenyatta Jr. explained in his court documents.
Kenyatta Jr. further noted in his documents that he couldn’t sign the contract with Diddy because he was in jail. He, therefore, expected Diddy to have forwarded the contract to his Power of Attorney.
“Secondly, it was another person’s name on the contract that had to be removed. The percentage was not of Plaintiff’s liking, there was no upfront or advance monetary and it was a bunch of miscellaneous things plaintiff wanted to remove off contract.”
“The defendant Sean Combs and John Doe had a scheme to illegally squeeze out Plaintiff Charles Kenyatta Jr. from the contract,” he further noted. “Plaintiff’s lawyer told Defendant Sean Comb’s lawyer John Doe has no ownership of Act Bad and should not be on the contract. A few weeks after that the defendant Sean Combs and John Doe were on stage performing the song ‘Act Bad’ together. After defendant Sean Combs and John Doe signed contract without Charles Kenyatta Jr.’s consent, the defendant Sean Combs use of trademark caused confusion as to the affiliation, connection.”
Kenyatta Jr. is reportedly requesting $10million in damages.
This current suit is one of many lawsuits the musician and music producer is facing. It will be recalled that in 2023, some women accused the musician of sexual abuse although he has denied any wrongdoing.