Diddy is within the highlight after Cassie revealed an alleged historical past of sexual assault, abuse, and trafficking throughout state strains by the hands of the producer. The “Official Girl” singer filed the bombshell lawsuit on Thursday (Nov. 16) in New York.
In an announcement despatched to a number of information shops, together with CNN and the NY Times, Diddy — actual identify Sean Combs — denies the allegations by way of his lawyer. He claims Cassie has been in search of a $30 million payout from him for months.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Attorney Ben Brafman wrote. “For the previous 6 months, Mr. Combs, has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, beneath the specter of writing a dangerous e-book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.”
Diddy’s lawyer says Cassie has withdrawn “her preliminary menace” however “resorted to submitting a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies.” The assertion provides that Cassie is “aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’ repute” and desires “a payday.”
The Bad Boy Entertainment founder — an organization listed as one in every of a number of lawsuit defendants — has not reacted on-line to the matter. Yung Miami, who has publicly affirmed a romantic relationship with Diddy, has additionally not publicly commented on the lawsuit.
Cassie’s Lawyer Says Diddy Offered Her “Eight Figures” For Her Silence
Meanwhile, Cassie’s lawyer offered an announcement to the NY Times confirming that the plaintiff and defendant spoke earlier than she filed the lawsuit. However, Attorney Douglas Wigdor says Diddy was the one who tried to purchase Cassie’s silence.
“Mr. Combs supplied Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and stop the submitting of this lawsuit,” Wigdor mentioned. “She rejected his efforts.”
Cassie additionally spoke on her resolution to file in an announcement to CNN.
“After years in silence and darkness, I’m lastly prepared to inform my story, and to talk up on behalf of myself and for the good thing about different girls who face violence and abuse of their relationships,” Cassie reportedly shared. “With the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act quick approaching, it turned clear that this was a chance to talk up concerning the trauma I’ve skilled and that I can be recovering from for the remainder of my life.”
For context, New York’s Adult Survivors Act is about to run out on Nov. 23, 2023, because it solely offered a “one-year window” for victims to file civil circumstances towards alleged abusers.
Amid Cassie’s lawsuit, TMZ reported — by way of legislation enforcement sources — that Diddy can also be the topic of a “secret NYPD” investigation. However, it’s unclear if Cassie is the one that made the criticism. The outlet says the case is open and energetic with the identify “Sean Combs” however has been “locked.” Despite the case’s viewing restriction, TMZ says, “There is robust proof it entails sexual assault.”
Cassie Details Graphic Incidents Of Sexual & Physical Abuse In Lawsuit
Cassie’s lawsuit boasts a set off warning concerning the “extremely graphic” nature of the alleged occasions. Such incidents embrace rape, coerced sexual encounters with male intercourse employees, and extreme bodily abuse.
Editor’s Note: Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether or not it occurred to you or somebody you care about, can discover assist from on-line.rainn.org. You can even name the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be related with somebody over the telephone who can assist.
Cassie particulars a enterprise partnership that started in 2005-2006 and rapidly spiraled right into a “cycle of abuse, violence, and intercourse trafficking.” When they met, the singer was 19 and Diddy was 37. Before the alleged abuse started, the “Me & U” singer alleges Diddy used a number of means to flex his superstar standing, affect, and occasion life-style.
Things took a bodily flip when Diddy allegedly forcibly kissed Cassie at her twenty first party after pulling her inside a toilet. Weeks later, he had sexual activity together with her after offering her with “copious quantities of medication” throughout a Miami journey.
In the years after, Cassie alleges Diddy raped her after she tried to depart him, pressured her to rearrange and carry out sexual acts with male intercourse employees whereas he watched and recorded, and “punched, beat, kicked and stomped on” her on a number of events. His beatings typically resulted in “bruises, burst lips, black eyes and bleeding.” She describes the hip hop mogul as “a vicious, merciless, and controlling man.”
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Cassie additionally alleges she tried to depart the connection a number of occasions however was all the time discovered and coerced to return by individuals inside Diddy’s community, together with his authorized group and label execs.
Cassie Receives Public Support From Husband & Former Bad Boy Records Artists
The mom of two mentioned in her lawsuit she will be able to now not stay silent on the matter.
“Mr. Combs stays immensely highly effective and immensely harmful. Ms. Ventura subsequently seeks justice for the last decade of her life that Mr. Combs took away from her with threats of violence, extreme use of medication, bodily and psychological abuse, and sexual slavery,” the lawsuit states.
She’s in search of “injunctive, declaratory and financial aid” from Diddy and affiliated defendants.
After the lawsuit information broke, Cassie’s husband, Alex Fine, reposted a photograph of them to his Instagram Story, including a crimson coronary heart.
Former Bad Boy Records — a defendant in Cassie’s lawsuit — artists have additionally spoken in assist of Cassandra. Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard of Dainty Kane shared messages on Instagram and X.
“Been tryna inform y’all for years. Prayers up for this queen @Cassie,” Aubrey wrote on her IG Story.
“Praying for Cassie and her household, for peace and therapeutic. You are lovely and courageous,” Dawn wrote on X.
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