In a surprising development, singer, and actress Cassie and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs have announced an amicable settlement just one day after Cassie filed a lawsuit against her former partner. The lawsuit had alleged rape, abuse, and sex trafficking by Combs, but specific details of the settlement were not disclosed.
Cassie, known for her hit song “Me and U,” released a statement on Friday stating her decision to resolve the matter peacefully, saying, “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control.” She expressed gratitude towards her family, fans, and lawyers for their unwavering support. Diddy also offered well wishes to Cassie and her family, without providing further information about the terms of their settlement.
The court documents filed by Cassie accused Diddy of raping her in 2018 and subjecting her to forced sexual acts with sex workers while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. She also alleged physical assaults throughout their long-term relationship, which began when they first met in 2005/2006 and signed a ten-album deal with Diddy’s record label in February 2006.
Diddy’s attorney, Ben Brafman, promptly denied the allegations, dismissing them as “baseless and outrageous lies.” Brafman stated that Diddy vehemently denies these offensive claims, suggesting that the lawsuit was an attempt to tarnish his client’s reputation for financial gain.
However, during the course of the legal battle, incriminating evidence supporting Cassie’s claims emerged online. A resurfaced photo from X (formerly Twitter) showed Cassie with a bandaged forehead, suggesting a cut above her eyebrow, accompanied by a visible bruise on her swollen lower lip. The origins and timeline of these injuries remain uncertain, but they have intensified public interest and scrutiny surrounding the case.
Additionally, an old interview resurfaced where Diddy was supposedly heard threatening to hit fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons after she allegedly said something that provoked him. Diddy eventually publicly apologized, kneeling before Simmons. This incident has further complicated the ongoing discussion surrounding Diddy’s behavior.