Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie, a singer, announced on Friday that they have reached a resolution in a legal case involving accusations of physical violence and mistreatment by Combs.
Diddy, a prominent figure in hip-hop and the creator of Bad Boy Records, was charged with sexual assault and mistreatment in a significant legal case brought by Cassie (also known as Casandra Ventura). The lawsuit claims that he leveraged his influential connections to manipulate her into staying in an abusive relationship with him.
The agreement was declared in a statement from lawyer Douglas Wigdor, who is representing Ventura, just one day after the lawsuit was filed.
According to Wigdor’s declaration, he expressed admiration for Ms Ventura’s bravery in making her lawsuit public. He believes she deserves recognition for her actions.
Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. On Thursday, he said Combs “vehemently denies” the allegations.
According to the announcement, they reached an agreement on Friday evening that was satisfactory to both parties, but the specific details were not revealed.
According to a report from NBC News, Cassie announced on Friday that she has chosen to settle this issue in a friendly manner with conditions that she has a degree of influence over. She expressed gratitude towards her family, supporters, and legal team for their constant backing.
Combs released a separate statement expressing his desire to reach a peaceful resolution. He also extended well wishes to Cassie and her loved ones, concluding with the word “Love.”
In approximately 2005, they crossed paths when she was 19 and he was 37. Combs offered Ventura a 10-album contract under his Bad Boy Records label.
For more than ten years, they were in a romantic relationship. According to the New York Times, she claims that during this time, Combs physically and sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions and had complete control over her life. The lawsuit states that she endured a pattern of abuse, violence, and being forced into sex work until their relationship ended in 2018.
A spokesperson for Combs refuted the accusations, deeming them “offensive and outrageous” in response to Ventura’s demand for $30 million from the wealthy individual.
According to a statement from Ventura’s lawyer to the New York Times, she was offered a large sum of money to keep quiet and avoid filing a lawsuit, but she declined the offer.
The legal case claimed that Combs, who is currently 54 years old, had a tendency towards uncontrollable anger and would coerce Ventura into participating in sexual activities with male sex workers. These encounters were often documented through photos and videos. The lawsuit also stated that Ventura was given drugs before and during these encounters, which allowed her to emotionally detach from the traumatic experiences. Additionally, the suit asserted that Ventura was a victim of sex trafficking and was forced to engage in sexual acts in various cities.
As stated in the legal complaint, Ventura attempted to terminate the relationship in 2018, but Combs forcibly entered her residence in Los Angeles and sexually assaulted her.
The lawsuit claimed that her partner, who was both volatile and abusive, also owned her label and had complete control over her life, including her future success.
In a statement to the Times, she stated that after a long period of being quiet and isolated, she is now prepared to share her story and advocate for herself and other women who experience violence and mistreatment in their relationships.