Sean (Diddy) Combs won a legal round Thursday in his bitter battle with the personal chef who says she was forced to serve the naked mogul “post-coital” cuisine.
A Los Angeles judge ruled chef Cindy Rueda signed a “plain vanilla arbitration agreement” when she took her job and must use private arbitration, not the courts, to pursue the sexual harassment lawsuit she filed in May.
Rueda attended the hearing but declined to speak with the Daily News.
Before the ruling, her lawyer, Cristal Cabrera, argued the arbitration pact was “unconscionable” and that Combs’ side had already threatened to countersue Rueda in New York.
“To be very clear, we have never threatened to haul her client into court in New York,” Combs’ lawyer, Matt Hoffman, told the judge.
In her original lawsuit, Rueda said she regularly worked under harassing conditions and without adequate pay during her employment by rapper and entrepreneur Combs from January 2015 through May 2016.
“Plaintiff was regularly summoned by Mr. Combs to prepare and serve entrees and appetizers to him and his guests while Mr. Combs and/or his guests were engaged in or immediately following sexual activity,” her complaint filed May 8 said.
Rueda claimed once when she was summoned to serve Combs, now 47, a “post-coital meal,” he greeted her wearing nothing and asked “if she was attracted to or liked his naked body.”
She said another time, while she was in the kitchen, a male house guest approached “in the nude to ask her to look at and admire his genitals after he had engaged in sexual activity with another house guest.”
Rueda said she was “mortified” and complained to her manager.