A-list celebs usually have personal chefs; and for good reason. Personal chefs can help significantly improve the diets of their clients, all while delivering tasty meals in the process. On the flipside, becoming a personal chef for a famous celebrity undoubtedly has its perks, but one celeb chef allegedly got a lot more than she bargained for while working for one of the most powerful men in music.
Cindy Rueda, who previously served as Diddy's personal chef, filed a sexual harassment suit earlier this week in which she claims that she experienced improper sexual activity and commentary during her time in Diddy's home. According to the complaint, Rueda says that she 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."
In addition, Rueda says in the lawsuit that the music-mogul once asked Rueda to come to his room in order to prepare a "post-coital meal" and asked if she was attracted to his naked body. She also says in the lawsuit that on another occasion, "a male house guest of Mr. Combs approached plaintiff in the nude to ask her to look at and admire his genitals after he had engaged in sexual activity with another house guest," the lawsuit states.
Rueda started working for the hip-hop legend on weekends in Jan 2015. She was hired as a full-time chef later that year to work in Diddy's home in California. According to the lawsuit, she worked long hours (9 in the morning to 2 in the morning) for very little pay ($150 per day). She said that she complained to Diddy's estate director about the long hours, meager pay, and sexual harassment, but instead of the issues being resolved, she claims that she was set up to make it look like she stole one of Diddy's watches.
Rueda claims in the lawsuit that she was fired in May 2016, and that she was told that if she signed an exit interview that waived all rights to sue Diddy, she wouldn't be prosecuted. She says that she refused to sign the exit interview, and as a result, is suing for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and violation of whistle-blower protection.
A spokesman for Diddy responded to the lawsuit by saying: "This is a frivolous lawsuit by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for cause."