(NEWSnet/AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging he and two co-defendants raped a 17-year-old girl in 2003.

Combs claims it is a “false and hideous claim" and was filed too late under the law.

“Mr. Combs and his companies categorically deny Plaintiff’s decades-old tale against them ... Plaintiff cannot allege what day or time of year the alleged incident occurred, but miraculously remembers other salacious details.”

The lawsuit was filed in December, and amended in March, by the woman whose name wasn’t disclosed in the court filing.

One of the plaintiff’s attorneys, Michael J. Willemin, said in response to the filing: “No one should take anything ‘Diddy’ or his lawyers say seriously. (The motion is) a desperate attempt by Combs to avoid accountability for Ms. Doe’s allegations of gang rape and sexual assault. It won’t work.”

At this stage in the lawsuit, the arguments are procedural, rather than on the facts of the case. Combs’ motion argues the lawsuit was filed too late, because city law is preempted by state law, whose provisions mean the lawsuit had to be filed by August 2021 to be valid.

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