In a recent development, hip-hop icon Sean “Diddy” Combs and his ex-girlfriend, R&B artist Cassandra Ventura, commonly known as Cassie, have reached an amicable settlement in a lawsuit filed by Cassie on Friday.
The lawsuit accused Diddy of serial physical abuse, sexual slavery, and rape over the course of their 10-year professional and romantic relationship. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
In a joint written statement, Ventura and Combs expressed their decision to resolve the matter amicably. Ventura stated, “I decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control,” while Combs added, “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best.”
Ventura’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, detailed disturbing allegations, including claims that Combs forced her into engaging in sex acts with male prostitutes while he watched and filmed for his own pleasure.
The suit also accused Combs of regular physical abuse, intimidation, and control through the use of drugs and alcohol. Ventura further alleged rape near the end of their relationship in 2018 when she contemplated leaving him.
Combs vehemently denied all the accusations. His lawyer, Ben Brafman, described Ventura’s lawsuit as “riddled with baseless and outrageous lies.
” Brafman asserted that the legal action was initiated after a failed attempt to extort $30 million from Combs by threatening to write a damaging book about their relationship.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, aged 54, is the founder of Bad Boy Records, a prominent figure in hip-hop production and executive roles, and the creator of the Sean John clothing line.
The lawsuit shed light on the beginning of their relationship in late 2005 when Ventura was 19, and Combs, 37, signed her to a 10-album recording deal with Bad Boy Records, eventually evolving into a romantic involvement a few years later.