P. Diddy Hit With Lawsuit By Cigar Maker

By | September 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was hit with a lawsuit on September 4 by cigar makers who allege the mogul used footage revealing their secret rolling techniques in the video for his latest hit “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” according to the Miami Herald.

The lawsuit filed by Moore & Bode Cigars, which is asking for unspecified damages, names Combs, Bad Boy Entertainment, and an unnamed cameraman as defendants.

When the owners returned, they allegedly ordered the crew out. The owners subsequently filed suit on the grounds of invasion of privacy and theft of trade and business secrets. According to the owners, the footage revealed the secret combination of tobaccos included in their cigars.

Calls to P. Diddy’s representatives were not returned at press time.

Murphy Lee who is featured on “Shake Ya Tailfeather” and appears in the video found the lawsuit humorous. “That ain’t in the video,” Lee said. “When did we get time to show people how to make a cigar. The cigar wasn’t no big part of that video to me. I ain’t even…I threw my cigar on the table so I don’t know.”

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee is presently Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 singles track. The song was the lead single from the Bad Boys II soundtrack which was recently certified platinum.

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