Harve Pierre, the former president of Bad Boy Entertainment, has been accused of sexual assault and grooming in a lawsuit. The anonymous plaintiff, referred to as “Jane Doe,” alleges that Pierre used his position of authority to exploit and assault her.
In a complaint filed in New York County Supreme Court on November 22, it is alleged that Pierre engaged in a year-long pattern of grooming and sexual assault against his former assistant, referred to as “Jane Doe.”
The incidents allegedly took place in various locations across the country, with Pierre using his power to exploit and harm the plaintiff. The lawsuit claims that Pierre’s actions caused the plaintiff physical, emotional, and psychological injuries.
“Pierre used his position of authority as plaintiff’s boss to groom, exploit, and sexually assault her.” Pierre engaged in a year-long pattern of grooming plaintiff, leading to sexual harassment of plaintiff, and sexual assault,” the filing reads.
The anonymous woman seeks damages to compensate for the harm she suffered due to Pierre’s alleged actions.
The lawsuit also targets Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records, and Combs Enterprises, claiming that they were negligent in allowing Pierre to remain in a position of authority despite his alleged misconduct. The filing suggests that the defendants should have known about Pierre’s unfitness for such a role before the sexual assault occurred.
A spokesperson for Bad Boy responded to the lawsuit, stating that they were recently made aware of the allegations, by saying:
“We have recently become aware of a lawsuit filed in New York by a former employee. The allegations are from many years ago that were never brought to the attention of the company. Neither the plaintiff nor the executive are current employees of the company. We are now investigating the allegations, and our top priority is the safety and well-being of our employees.”
The lawsuit was filed under the Adult Survivors Act, which allowed a one-year window for civil lawsuits relating to sexual abuse, even if the statute of limitations had expired.
This legislation provided the opportunity for individuals in New York to seek justice for past incidents of abuse. As of now, neither Harve Pierre nor his representatives have provided any comments regarding the lawsuit or the allegations made against him.
These allegations against Harve Pierre add to a growing list of sexual assault accusations within the music industry. On Nov. 16, Bad Boy CEO Diddy faced a lawsuit and was accused of sexual assault and rape by his ex-girlfriend, Cassie. The Cassie Vs. Diddy lawsuit was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount.
One other music executive who was accused of sexual assault was L.A. Reid. The LaFace Records co-founder was accused of sexual assault and harassment in November by former Arista Records executive Drew Dixon.