SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS has been slapped with a $5 million (GBP2.7 million) breach of contract and copyright infringement lawsuit by model Tyson Beckford.

Beckford, formerly the face of Combs' Sean John clothing line, alleges that once his contract ran out, the star failed to renew it, but continued to use his image and likeness to advertise the line without permission.

Beckford's attorney, KENNETH MONTGOMERY, tells, "What we have here is a blatant case of wrong doing on behalf of Mr Combs and Sean John. They wilfully continued to use Mr Beckford's image without permission because he become known as the face of Sean John."

According to Montgomery, Beckford made several attempts to settle the matter before he pursued legal action.

Montgomery adds, "My client reached out to Mr Combs several times before coming to my firm. His manager BETH ANN HARDISON also contacted him to seek a resolution. They were not heard."

A trial date is set for 6 February (06) at the Southern District Court of New York.