Music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and his ex-girlfriend Cassandra Ventura, aka Cassie, have settled a lawsuit that accused him of rape and sexual abuse.
The suit was filed by Cassie, who claimed that Diddy had abused her for years, starting when she was just 19.
Court documents reveal that Cassie experienced abuse at the hands of the Bad Boy Records producer, whom she signed with in 2005.
She claims he “lured [her] into an ostentatious, fast-paced and drug-fuelled lifestyle” that eventually turned into a romantic relationship.
The settlement was announced on Friday by Cassie’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, who said the deal was to both parties’ “mutual satisfaction” but did not disclose any terms.
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Both Cassie and Diddy released statements saying the deal was “amicably” reached, with Diddy wishing “Cassie and her family all the best.”
Cassie, now 37, has accused Diddy, 54, of being “prone to uncontrollable rage” and subjecting her to numerous “savage” beatings where he punched, kicked and stomped on her, forcing her to take drugs and have sex with other men as he watched and masturbated.
In 2018, Cassie tried to end the relationship, but she alleges that he raped her after forcing her into his Los Angeles home.
The complaint reads: “When she believed that she had finally separated from her long-time abuser, she joined Mr. Combs for a dinner, after which he forced her into his home and raped her while she repeatedly said ‘no’ and tried to push him away.”
The court filing from Thursday suggests that there was a “power imbalance” between the couple as well since Diddy was her boss and was over “two decades her senior.”
And, she considered him “one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry.”
In a statement to The New York Times, Cassie said: “After years of silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships.”
Ben Brafman, Diddy’s lawyer, stated on Thursday: “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”
He also said: “For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.
“Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday.”
Wigdor, Cassie’s representative, claimed that she turned down an eight-figure offer from Diddy and “rejected” his attempts to silence her.
She is seeking unspecified damages for losses incurred during their relationship, including “compensatory damages including consequential damages, lost wages, earning and all other sums of money, together with interest on these amounts, according to proof.”
Rumours have also circulated that Diddy “blew up a man’s car after he learned that he was romantically interested in Ms. Ventura” and that he “ran out of his apartment with a firearm in pursuit of a rival industry executive whom he learned was nearby.”
Cassie alleges there were witnesses, including Diddy’s staff members, but they were too scared to speak out against their “frightening and ferocious boss.”
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