Combs, pioneer of Bad Boy Records and a hip-hop luminary, was charged with rape and physical abuse in a significant case brought by Cassie, real name Casandra Ventura. Cassie claims Diddy had utilized his extensive network to keep her entrapped in a violent relationship. Ventura’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor revealed the settlement in a press statement made public one day after the case was filed.
In his statement, Wigdor expressed his admiration for Cassie’s courage in taking her lawsuit public and said she deserved praise. The release stated that they had worked out a deal to their “mutual satisfaction” on Friday night, but it gave no details on the parameters of the arrangement.
Around 2005, when Cassie was 19 and Diddy 37, the two got together. Combs then gave Ventura a 10-album contract when he signed her to his Bad Boy Records label. They were together for over ten years, and within that period, Cassie claimed that Combs repeatedly abused her, raping and beating her severely, and exerted complete control over her life, as the New York Times first revealed on Thursday.