Sean “Diddy” Combs has been sued by his former girlfriend and label signee, the singer Cassie, for rape and years of repeated bodily abuse.
The New York Times experiences that Cassie, born Casandra Ventura, filed the swimsuit in Federal District Court docket in Manhattan Thursday (November sixteenth). Ventura met Combs — fka Puff Daddy — in 2005 when she was 19, and signed with the document producer’s label, Unhealthy Boy.
Unhealthy Boy launched Ventura’s debut album the next yr. The swimsuit claims that Combs then roped her into what would develop into a years-long cycle of controlling and abusive habits, which included beating her, forcing her to take “copious quantities of medication,” and filming her having intercourse with a forged of a number of male prostitutes — which he known as “freak-offs.” As a result of these staged acts of voyeurism occurred in a number of cities, the swimsuit classifies it as intercourse trafficking.
“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,” Ventura mentioned in a press release. Her lawyer Douglas Wigdor additionally alleged that Combs had provided her eight figures to remain silent, which she declined.
The swimsuit particulars quite a few events through the years through which Combs assaulted Ventura to the purpose of harm, and wielding management over her funds along with her profession. In 2012, Ventura started a relationship with Child Cudi; the swimsuit claims that Combs was so offended about her courting the rapper that he threatened to explode his automotive. A consultant for Child Cudi confirmed to the Occasions that not lengthy after Combs’ threats, his automotive exploded in his driveway.
Shortly earlier than terminating her relationship with Unhealthy Boy for good in 2019, the swimsuit says that Combs raped Ventura after they’d gone out for dinner one night time. He allegedly pressured himself into her residence and assaulted her, whereas she “repeatedly mentioned ‘no’ and tried to push him away.”
Combs’ lawyer Ben Brafman mentioned in a press release: “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. 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 guide about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail. Regardless of withdrawing her preliminary menace, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to submitting a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s repute and in search of a payday.”