Diddy accused of sexual assault and abuse by R&B singer Cassie
Diddy is being sued in federal court by Cassie, an R&B singer who was once signed to his label, and who has accused Mr. Combs of rape and repeated physical abuse spanning about a decade.
According to what was reported by the New York Times, in the lawsuit, filed in the federal district court of Manhattan, Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, who was also Diddy’s partner for a long time, declares that she met him in 2005, when she was 19 years old, and from there he began to abuse her on multiple fronts. Diddy allegedly implemented a pattern of control and abuse that included drugging her, beating her and forcing her to have sex with a series of prostitutes while he filmed the encounters. In 2018, toward the end of their relationship, Mr. Combs broke into her home and raped her.
“After years of silence and darkness,” Ms. Ventura said in a statement, “I am finally ready to tell my story and speak on my behalf and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships”.
In response, a lawyer for Mr. Combs, Ben Brafman, said: “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand for $30 million, under threat of writing a damning book about their relationship, which has been unequivocally dismissed as blatant blackmail. Although she withdrew her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to a lawsuit filled with baseless and outrageous lies, aimed at tarnishing Mr. Combs’ reputation and seeking money”.