Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy aka P Diddy has agreed not to shorten his name to just ‘Diddy’ after the threat of a High Court action from Richard ‘Diddy’ Dearlove, a successful music producer who has been using the name since 1992. Mr Dearlove sued Combs after learning that the rap superstar was dropping the ‘P’ from his name. The action was listed for a hearing on the 23 rd October. Combs is meeting £100,000 of Dearlove’s costs (subject to court taxation) and paying £10,000 in agreed damages. Combs will have to re-brand any ‘Diddy’ activities in the United Kingdom.
The Guardian 9 th September 2005 p3