Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) and Cassie settle rape lawsuit out of court

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The lawsuit was settled a day after Cassie accused Sean Combs (known as Puff Daddy or Diddy) of rape and physical abuse.

Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, and Cassie reached a settlement in the singer’s lawsuit against Combs, in which she accused him of rape, sex trafficking and physical abuse.

In statements obtained by WECB, both sides said they had reached a settlement of the case, the amount of which was not disclosed. “ I have decided to resolve this matter amicably, under conditions over which I have some controlsaid Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura. I would like to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their continued support. »

In a separate statement, Combs wrote: “ We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. I love you. »

On Saturday, Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement: “ To be clear, the decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit in no way calls into question his categorical denial of the charges. He is happy that they reached a mutual agreement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best. »

Ms. Ventura’s lawyer, Douglas Widor, “ felicity » his client « for having had the strength to make his trial public “.

The singer filed the lawsuit Thursday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Combs’ label, Bad Boy Entertainment, as well as Epic Records, Combs Enterprises LLC, and others are named as co-defendants. Ms. Ventura was employed by these companies from 2006 to 2019.

In the complaint, Ventura claims the abuse began in 2005, when Combs allegedly began giving Ventura, then 19, alcohol and drugs. She also accused Combs of beating her and forcing her to have sex with male prostitutes, which he allegedly filmed. Ventura also alleged that Combs raped her after forcing entry to her home in 2018.

Following news of the lawsuit, Aubrey O’Day (the former lead singer of girl group Danity Kane who was signed by Combs to Bad Boy Records) showed her support for the singer. “ I’ve been trying to tell you this for years. Prayers for this queen 🙌🏼 @cassie “, she wrote on Instagram stories.


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