P.Diddy Ordered To Pay Millions To Limo Driver

Sean "P.Diddy" Combs was ordered to

pay $2.45 million in damages to a limousine driver who says he was injured by

bodyguards Combs' hired at a Mary J. Blige concert in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

in 1995. Lemon alleges that after the concert

the bodyguards attempted to clear the backstage area so Blige could leave the


Lemon, who was wearing proper backstage credentials,

said that the guards attacked him, punching him in the head. Lemon said that

during the melee, both guards kicked him in the back as he shielded his head

with his hands and arms. Lemon alleges that he suffered mental and emotional

distress after the attack, which left him with a broken right ankle and a bruised

left hand.

Judge William Z. Wood ordered the payment September

10th, because Combs didn't answer the allegations within the 30 day time limit

under the law. Court records show that Combs or his attorneys had until July

30 to file a response to Lemon's allegations. Once the lawsuit was filed, Combs

had time to answer the allegations in writing, by appearing in person or by

having someone appear in person to represent him.

Court records show that Combs declined a civil

summons about the matter from a Forsyth County deputy when he appeared in concert

in Nortch Carolina on June 21.

"We have just learned of this lawsuit,"

said Combs' spokesperson Nathalie Moart. "As it has no merit whatsoever,

we intend to take all necessary steps to have it dismissed."