P. Diddy Bodyguard Suit Overturned

Slicksno.com - P. DiddyA $450,000 civil judgment against Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was overturned yesterday (6/1) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cedrick Bobby Lemon filed a lawsuit against Combs claiming he was beaten in June 1995 by two bodyguards Combs hired to protect soul singer Mary J. Blige at a Joel Coliseum concert in Winston-Salem.

At the time Lemon was a limousine driver and wore an identification badge that permitted him to stand backstage.

According to the lawsuit, as the bodyguards were clearing the backstage area to escort Blige from the coliseum, they punched Lemon in the head, kicked him in the back and broke his right ankle.

Lemon was permanently impaired from running and jumping, as well as being unable to work as a limo driver.

He was originally awarded $2,000,000 in punitive damages, which was reduced to $450,000 in August of 2003 until yesterday’s ruling.

It has not been determined if Lemon will appeal the decision.