Sean (Diddy) Combs is panning the personal chef who says she was forced to serve entrees and appetizers to the music mogul and his guests while they were engaged in sex.
In new court paperwork obtained by the Daily News, a lawyer for Combs blasted the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by chef Cindy Rueda in May as a shakedown attempt that violated her agreement to arbitrate any employment disputes.
“Combs enterprises will not be extorted,” lawyer Orin Snyder wrote in a letter to Rueda’s lawyers filed with the court on Friday.
The attorney said Rueda’s lawsuit was “infected with distortions, omissions and outright falsehoods.”
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“Your motives are clear: To threaten to slander and impugn the reputation of our client in the hopes of extracting a settlement. This smacks of bad faith — and worse,” Snyder wrote.
Combs filed the letter as an exhibit to a petition to compel arbitration in the case.
In her suit, Rueda said she regularly worked under harassing conditions and without adequate pay during her employment with Combs from January 2015 through May 2016.
“Plaintiff was regularly summoned by Mr. Combs to prepare and serve entrees and appetizers to him and his guests while Mr. Combs and/or his guests were engaged in or immediately following sexual activity,” her complaint filed May 8 said.
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Rueda claimed once when she was summoned to serve Combs a “post-coital meal,” the record producer greeted her in his birthday suit and asked “if she was attracted to or liked his naked body.”
She said another time, while she was in the kitchen, a male houseguest approached “in the nude to ask her to look at and admire his genitals after he had engaged in sexual activity with another house guest.”
Rueda said she was “mortified” and complained to her manager.
She alleged her complaints about pay and the “regular exposure to sexual activity and harassing conversations” caused her to be “lured” into a situation where she was accused of theft.
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She claimed Combs’ housekeeper approached her last year with a watch that she “represented she had found in the garbage can.”
“Iris asked plaintiff if she wanted it because it had been discarded,” Rueda claimed, saying she accepted the watch and later was accused of stealing it.
Combs’ lawyer scoffed at Rueda’s watch explanation in his letter demanding arbitration.
“(The) claim that she was ‘lured into a situation where she could be accused of theft and ultimately terminated’ is particularly outrageous,” Snyder wrote in his letter.
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He said Rueda “engaged in grand theft of a luxury watch belonging to Mr. Combs” and that her “distortion” of the facts would leave her “credibility in tatters.”
A lawyer for Rueda did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Combs’ paperwork asked for a hearing on Aug. 17.
Rueda’s lawsuit includes claims of retaliation, defamation and violation of whistleblower protections.
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