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Sean "Diddy" Combs' Clothing Line Sues Fifth Avenue Landlord Over Scaffolding

By Nicole Bode | December 31, 2009 10:51pm | Updated on December 31, 2009 10:49pm
Sean "Diddy" Combs performs Sept. 5, 2008.
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By Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Associate Editor

MANHATTAN – Diddy isn’t happy.

Rapper, designer and TV reality show mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’s flagship clothing store is suing its Midtown landlord over scaffolding they say has blocked shop windows for the past three years.

Christian Casey LLC, which owns the Sean John store on Fifth Avenue at 41st Street, claims the scaffolding has driven shoppers away and slashed profits in half, according to published reports.

The company is demanding the building landlord fork over at least $2.5 million in damages and release Sean John from its 12-year lease, which started at $660,000 a year and jumps to more than $900,000 by 2016.

The store moved into the space in 2004, according to the legal papers.

The 3,500-square-foot store is decorated with ebony floors, pony-skin furniture and goat-fur throws and flat screen TVs play Diddy’s music videos non-stop, according to NY Magazine.

Landlord 475 Fifth 09 LLC could not be reached for comment.