Rap mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ love of cigars has put him in a cloud of legal trouble. A boutique cigar maker claims a videographer trespassed at its Miami factory, filmed its “secret process” in June, and the footage wound up in Combs’ music video for “Bad Boys II.”
The lawsuit filed by Moore & Bode Cigars earlier this month in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks at least $15,000 in damages from Combs, Bad Boys Entertainment Inc. and the unknown camera operator.
The lawsuit claims the company’s “unique method of rolling the cigars” was taped for the “Shake Your Tailfeather” video while the owners were out, after the videographer was told to leave and without company permission. The song has spent several weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The office of the company’s attorney said yesterday (Sept. 15) that he was out of the office until late this week. A spokesperson for Combs said, “We’ll investigate and gather all the accurate information before we make any comment publicly.”
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