Sean (Diddy) Combs was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to a yearslong relationship that included beatings and rape. Combs denied the allegations in a statement to the New York Times via his lawyer.
Musician’s lawyer denied allegation brought against him in statement to New York Times The Associated Press
· Posted: Nov 16, 2023 6:10 PM EST | Last Updated: November 17, 2023
Music mogul and entrepreneur Sean (Diddy) Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May 2022. Combs was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to abuse in a years-long relationship. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press) WARNING: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone affected by it.
Sean (Diddy) Combs, was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to a yearslong relationship that included beatings and rape.
Cassie, whose legal name is Casandra Ventura, alleged in the lawsuit filed against the producer and music mogul in New York federal court that Combs brought her into his “ostentatious, fast-paced and drug-fuelled lifestyle” not long after she met him and signed to his label when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005.
Lawyer Ben Brafman said Combs “vehemently denies” the allegations.
Ventura, now 37 herself, said Combs, now 54, began the pattern of abuse soon after they met. The suit alleges he subjected her to beatings, gave her drugs, and forced her to have sex with other men while he masturbated and filmed them.
Combs poses at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, which he hosted. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images) The suit alleges that as she was trying to end the relationship in 2018, Combs forced his way into her home and raped her.
“After years in 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,” Ventura said in a statement.
The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly as Ventura has.
Combs denies allegations via lawyer Brafman called the allegations “lies.”
“For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million US, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
Ventura’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor responded in a statement that Combs offered her “eight figures to silence her and prevent her from filing of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts and decided to give a voice to all woman who suffer in silence.”
Combs is a three-time Grammy winner who is among the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the past three decades.
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