NEW YORK (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs, was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to a yearslong relationship that included beatings and rape.
Cassie, whose authorized identify is Casandra Ventura, alleged within the go well with filed towards the producer and music mogul in New York federal courtroom that Combs introduced her into his “ostentatious, fast-paced, and drug-fueled way of life” not lengthy after she met him and signed to his label when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005.
Legal professional Ben Brafman stated Combs “vehemently denies” the allegations.
Ventura, now 37 herself, stated Combs, now 54, started the sample of abuse started as quickly as their relationship did.
The go well with alleges that, “liable to uncontrollable rage,” he subjected her to “savage” beatings through which he punched, kicked and stomped her. It alleges he plied her with medication, and compelled her to have intercourse with different males whereas he masturbated and filmed them.
The go well with says that as she was attempting to finish the connection in 2018, Combs pressured her into her Los Angeles residence and raped her.
“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 advantage of different ladies who face violence and abuse of their relationships,” Ventura stated in a press release.
The Related Press doesn’t sometimes identify individuals who say they’ve been sexually abused until they arrive ahead publicly as Ventura has.
Brafman referred to as the allegations “lies.”
“For the previous six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, beneath the specter of writing a dangerous ebook about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail,” he stated in a press release. “Regardless of withdrawing her preliminary risk, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to submitting a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s popularity and looking for a payday.”
Ventura’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor responded in a press release that Combs supplied her “eight figures to silence her and forestall her the submitting of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts and determined to provide a voice to all lady that suffer in silence.”
Combs is among the many most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the previous three many years.
He and Ventura started courting in 2007 and had an on-and-off relationship for greater than a decade.
She turned identified for the Ryan Leslie-produced hit single “Me & U,” which secured the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Sizzling R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart in 2006. The tune was the lead single of her solely studio album, which was self-titled.
As an actor, she has appeared in a number of tv and movies tasks together with Fox’s “Empire,” “Step Up 2:The Streets” and “Spenser Confidential.”
Combs constructed considered one of hip-hop’s largest empires, blazing a path with a number of entities hooked up to his well-known identify. He’s the founding father of Unhealthy Boy Data and a three-time Grammy winner who has labored with a slew of top-tier artists together with Infamous B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Religion Evans and 112.
The mogul created the style clothes line Sean John, launched the Revolt TV channel with a deal with music, and produced the fact present “Making the Band” for MTV.
This yr, he launched his fifth studio album “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” which earned two Grammy nominations this month.
The lawsuit cites a speech Combs gave whereas receiving a lifetime achievement honor on the BET Awards in 2022, through which he thanked Ventura for “holding me down at nighttime instances, love.”
The go well with says, “The reality, nonetheless, is that Cassie — Ms. Casandra Ventura — was held down by Mr. Combs and endured over a decade of his violent habits and disturbed calls for.”