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Judge: It is too early to order Sean 'Diddy' Combs to provide financial information

Judge: It is too early to order Sean 'Diddy' Combs to provide financial information

A judge said Wednesday it was too soon to decide if Sean "Diddy" Combs must turn over his financial information in a lawsuit claiming the rapper punched a man outside a Hollywood hotel.
Michael M. Marzban, a lawyer for plaintiff Gerard Rechnitzer, sought the information on the grounds that punitive damages were possible if his client wins the case.
The judge said the request came too early in the lawsuit, which is set for trial beginning May 27.
"If you were to get a finding of fraud, oppression or malice, some or all of this information you would be entitled to," Superior Court Judge Robert L. Hess said.
"I'm not persuaded at this point to give it to you today. We have privacy issues here that are very important," he said.
Rechnitzer's lawsuit claims he was intentionally attacked by Combs on Feb. 25, 2007, following a post-Oscar party.
The suit also claims Combs pushed Rechnitzer's girlfriend. Rechnitzer is seeking unspecified damages.
The rapper's attorneys have called the suit baseless.
In a court declaration, Combs said Rechnitzer lunged toward him and that "any contact ... was caused by his forward motion against my open hand."
"People do not bounce off hands with their face/body, they get punched," Rechnitzer's attorney, Michael M. Marzban, said in a written response.


Updated : 2021-05-17 18:18 GMT+08:00