Times are getting tough, especially in big cities like Los Angeles and New York, where the cost of living is at an all-time high. While many have resulted in extreme means to make ends meet, some have opted for exploiting the legal systems to cash in. Hollywood is full of get-rich-quick scammers, and many recent high-profile lawsuits have been dismissed as “shakedowns” by celebrities who feel that people are just lying and after their money.
Tiffany Haddish is still dealing with the fallout from her “shakedown.” She and Aries Spears were sued by a family who claimed they “groomed” their underage children during a tasteless sketch from 2014 about pedophilia. People have posted evidence online showing the mother in question was partying with Haddish as recent as 2020 and was a struggling actress. This, combined with them settling out of court, seems to fuel speculation that the family was only after money.
In 2018, Chris Brown was the subject of a $17 million dollar shakedown. A woman alleged that she was assaulted at his home by the R&B singer. His lawyers immediately called these claims false after pointing out that no criminal investigation was filed against Brown. “The fact that they made a demand for $17 million and that I told them to go pound sand probably explains why they did the press conference [Wednesday],” explained his lawyer around the time of the suit.
Several other artists have suffered similar cases, from Big Sean to Megan Thee Stallion. Diddy is the latest to get pulled into a “shakedown.” His is involving a woman who claims to be the niece of his deceased baby mother, Kim Porter. The woman alleged that she worked as a nanny for Diddy and Kim’s twins and was brought on full-time following her passing in 2018. The girl claims that she was fired after asking to go on maternity leave and that Sean Combs called the unwed mother-to-be a bad influence on his daughters.
Diddy’s rep fired back, stating that the woman’s position was always intended to be temporary and that they had been transitioning her out for a while. She is also not Kim’s niece and lived for free at the property for several years in addition to being a paid employee.