Producer and music mogul Sean Combs, one of the most revered figures in hip-hop for decades, was been hit with a lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday by R&B singer Cassie, Diddy’s former partner and ex-signee. Cassie claimed Mr. Combs had sexually assaulted her and had physically abused her on multiple occasions over their extensive ten-year relationship.
Officially known as Casandra Ventura, Cassie had been Mr. Combs’ romantic partner for a long time, sometimes off-and-on. In the lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Cassie claims that shortly after crossing paths with Diddy in 2005, at the age of 19, he started off abusing and controlling her, forcing her to have sex with a series of male prostitutes while he taped the encounters.
In her statement, Ms. Ventura said she had been in a dark and silent place for years but that she felt finally prepared to share her story and stand up for other women who experience abuse and violence in relationships after years of quiet and despair. Ben Brafman, Mr. Combs’ attorney, responded by saying that the music mogul adamantly refutes the derogatory and ridiculous charges.
However, Ms. Ventura’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, said that the parties had already spoken before the lawsuit was brought. He also said that Ms. Ventura had turned down Mr. Combs’ eight figure offer to quiet her and stop the lawsuit from being filed.