Renowned music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has recently responded to disturbing allegations made by his longtime romantic partner and R&B singer, Cassie Ventura. In a lawsuit obtained by The New York Times, Ventura accuses Combs of rape and repeated physical abuse spanning over a decade.
Ventura, who was once signed to Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records, broke her silence, stating that she is ready to tell her story and advocate for other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships. The accusations have sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry, prompting a swift response from Combs.
In a statement provided to E! News, Ben Brafman, Combs’ attorney, strongly denies the allegations, asserting that the claims are “offensive and outrageous.” Brafman further reveals that Ventura had been demanding $30 million from Combs over the past six months, threatening to write a damaging book about their relationship. These demands were firmly rejected, resulting in Ventura filing a lawsuit containing what Combs’ legal team deems as baseless and outrageous lies.
The lawsuit, filed on the 16th in Manhattan Federal District Court, details a pattern of abuse and manipulation that Ventura claims began shortly after their first meeting in 2005 when she was 19 and Combs was 36. The suit alleges a range of disturbing incidents, including beatings, coerced sex with male prostitutes, and a reported instance of rape in 2018 towards the end of their relationship.
Additionally, the suit accuses Combs of endangering Ventura’s friend by dangling them over a hotel balcony and issuing threats of retaliation if she did not comply with his demands. These shocking claims have cast a spotlight on a relationship that was once celebrated within the entertainment industry.
Douglas Wigdor, Ventura’s lawyer, suggests that there were discussions between both parties before the lawsuit was filed. According to Wigdor, Combs offered Ventura a substantial sum of money to coerce her into silence and prevent the lawsuit from being filed. However, Ventura rejected these efforts, leading to the legal action being taken.
The lawsuit includes a number of Combs’ associated companies as defendants and seeks unspecified damages. The case is now set to unfold in court, where both sides will present their arguments and evidence.