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Guns found at Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes during federal raids, sources say

Firearms have been found by federal agents searching homes belonging to rapper Sean Combs, three sources close to the matter have told Sky News’s US partner network NBC News.

The 54-year-old‘s homes in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by Homeland Security Investigations agents on 25 March, as part of an ongoing sex trafficking investigation by federal authorities in New York, the AP news agency reported.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes raided by Homeland security

Several phones were seized from Combs in Miami before he was scheduled to depart on a trip to the Bahamas, NBC News understands.

The rapper – who is also known as P Diddy and Puff Daddy – has been embroiled in a string of serious allegations in recent months.

Three women and a man were interviewed by federal officials in Manhattan in relation to the probe, according to NBC News.

It’s not yet known what kind of firearms were found or whom they belonged to.

Following the raids on his house in late March, Combs’s lawyer Aaron Dyer said there had been a “gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed”.

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“There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated,” he added.

Mr Dyer said Combs had not been arrested or had his ability to travel restricted, and neither had any of his family members.

“This unprecedented ambush – paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence – leads to a premature rush to judgement of Mr Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits.

“There has been no finding of criminal or civil liability with any of these allegations. Mr Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name.”

Multiple lawsuits

Combs has also recently faced several lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct and other wrongdoing.

In February, a music producer alleged Combs coerced him to solicit prostitutes and pressured him to have sex with them.

Combs’s lawyer responded by saying: “We have overwhelming, indisputable proof that his claims are complete lies”.

Cassie Ventura and Sean 'Diddy' Combs pictured together in 2015
Image: Cassie Ventura and Combs pictured in 2015. Pic: Reuters

The rapper’s former protege and girlfriend, R&B singer Cassie, also sued him in November alleging she was trafficked, raped, plied with drugs and beaten by Combs over a 10-year period.

Combs rejected the accusations, calling them offensive and outrageous.

The case was settled the day after it was filed.

Since then, three other women have filed lawsuits in the Southern District of New York alleging that Combs sexually assaulted them. Two said they were teenagers at the time.

Combs has denied all the allegations, calling them “sickening” and “awful”.

Combs is among the most influential hip hop producers of the past three decades, building one of hip hop’s biggest empires and founding record label Bad Boy Records in 1993 working with artists including Notorious BIG, Mary J Blige, Usher and Lil Kim.

A three-time Grammy winner, his latest album, The Love Album – Off the Grid, was nominated for best progressive R&B album at February’s Grammy Awards. He neither won nor attended.

Sky News has contacted representatives for Combs for comment.

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