Gary Susman
August 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Filmmaker Thomas Guest, who says he’s a friend of Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs, claims he and associate Damon Jackson visited the rap mogul’s studio to recruit him for an anti-violence movie, only to be the victims of a beatdown at the hands of Combs’ own bodyguards. That’s the claim Guest is making in a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan. Jackson filed a companion lawsuit; each man is seeking $25 million in damagas from P. Diddy, the Associated Press reports.

Ralph DeSimone, the lawyer representing both plaintiffs, told the New York Post that the two men visited Combs’ Manhattan recording studio, Daddy’s House, last August in the hopes of enlisting him in a film project ”with a number of prominent rap artists speaking out against violence in the rap community.” Instead, Guest’s suit claims, one of P. Diddy’s bodyguards ”confronted plaintiff, threatened him and thereafter physically assaulted him, causing serious physical injuries and rendering him unconscious,” AP reports. Jackson’s suit, according to AP, says he was assaulted when he came to Guest’s aid. Neither plaintiff says that P. Diddy himself was involved in the alleged assault, but both hold him ultimately responsible because it was his studio and his guards.

Responding to the joint litigation, Combs’ spokeswoman, Susan Makarichev, issued a statement, saying, ”This suit is totally baseless and the allegations are ridiculous.”

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