Singer Cassie, real name Cassandra Ventura, filed a federal lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, on November 16, 2023, accusing him of rape, physical abuse, and sex trafficking. The lawsuit, filed in federal District Court in Manhattan, contained highly graphic information of a sexual nature.
Allegations and Response
- Ventura’s Claims: Ventura accused Combs of subjecting her to years of abuse, including controlling behavior, physical violence, and sexual trafficking. She alleged that he forced her to engage in sex acts with male sex workers while filming and that he frequently beat her savagely. These incidents were reportedly witnessed by employees of Combs’s company, Bad Boy Entertainment.
- Combs’s Denial: Combs, through his attorney, vehemently denied these allegations. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, argued that Ventura’s demands for $30 million amounted to extortion and described her lawsuit as filled with “baseless and outrageous lies”.
Settlement and Public Statements
- Settlement Announcement: Just a day after filing the lawsuit, both parties reached an amicable settlement. Details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public. This resolution prevented the case from going to court and unfolding into a potentially nasty legal battle.
- Statements from Both Parties: Ventura expressed her decision to resolve the matter amicably on terms that she had some level of control over, thanking her family, fans, and lawyers. Combs also issued a statement wishing Ventura and her family all the best.
- Incident Involving Kid Cudi: Ventura also alleged an incident in 2012, during her relationship with Combs, where he threatened to harm rapper Kid Cudi. According to the lawsuit, Combs threatened to blow up Cudi’s car, which later allegedly exploded in his driveway.