Diddy is within the highlight after Cassie revealed an alleged historical past of sexual assault, abuse, and trafficking throughout state traces by the hands of the producer. The “Official Girl” singer filed the bombshell lawsuit on Thursday (Nov. 16) in New York.
In a press release despatched to a number of information retailers, together with CNN and the NY Times, Diddy — actual title Sean Combs — denies the allegations through his lawyer. He claims Cassie has been looking for a $30 million payout from him for months.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Attorney Ben Brafman wrote. “For the past 6 months, Mr. Combs, has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.”
Diddy’s lawyer says Cassie has withdrawn “her initial threat” however “resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies.” The assertion provides that Cassie is “aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’ reputation” and needs “a payday.”
The Bad Boy Entertainment founder — an organization listed as certainly one of a number of lawsuit defendants — has not reacted on-line to the matter. Yung Miami, who has publicly affirmed a romantic relationship with Diddy, has additionally not publicly commented on the lawsuit.
Cassie’s Lawyer Says Diddy Offered Her “Eight Figures” For Her Silence
Meanwhile, Cassie’s lawyer supplied a press release to the NY Times confirming that the plaintiff and defendant spoke earlier than she filed the lawsuit. However, Attorney Douglas Wigdor says Diddy was the one who tried to purchase Cassie’s silence.
“Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit,” Wigdor stated. “She rejected his efforts.”
Cassie additionally spoke on her resolution to file in a press release to CNN.
“After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships,” Cassie reportedly shared. “With the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act fast approaching, it became clear that this was an opportunity to speak up about the trauma I have experienced and that I will be recovering from for the rest of my life.”
For context, New York’s Adult Survivors Act is set to run out on Nov. 23, 2023, because it solely supplied a “one-year window” for victims to file civil circumstances in opposition to alleged abusers.
Amid Cassie’s lawsuit, TMZ reported on Nov. 16– through regulation enforcement sources — that Diddy was the topic of a “secret NYPD” investigation. However, the NYPD issued an replace on Nov. 17, saying that data was “erroneous” and that there was “no such investigation at present.”
Cassie Details Graphic Incidents Of Sexual & Physical Abuse In Lawsuit
Cassie’s lawsuit boasts a set off warning concerning the “highly graphic” nature of the alleged occasions. Such incidents embody rape, coerced sexual encounters with male intercourse staff, and extreme bodily abuse.
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Cassie particulars a enterprise partnership that started in 2005-2006 and shortly spiraled right into a “cycle of abuse, violence, and sex trafficking.” When they met, the singer was 19 and Diddy was 37. Before the alleged abuse started, the “Me & U” singer alleges Diddy used a number of means to flex his superstar standing, affect, and social gathering way of life.
Things took a bodily flip when Diddy allegedly forcibly kissed Cassie at her twenty first birthday celebration after pulling her inside a toilet. Weeks later, he had sexual activity together with her after offering her with “copious amounts of drugs” throughout a Miami journey.
In the years after, Cassie alleges Diddy raped her after she tried to depart him, compelled her to rearrange and carry out sexual acts with male intercourse staff whereas he watched and recorded, and “punched, beat, kicked and stomped on” her on a number of events. His beatings usually resulted in “bruises, burst lips, black eyes and bleeding.” She describes the hip hop mogul as “a vicious, cruel, and controlling man.”
Cassie additionally alleges she tried to depart the connection a number of occasions however was all the time discovered and coerced to return by folks inside Diddy’s community, together with his authorized crew and label execs.
Cassie Receives Public Support From Husband & Former Bad Boy Records Artists
The mom of two stated in her lawsuit she will now not stay silent on the matter.
“Mr. Combs remains immensely powerful and immensely dangerous. Ms. Ventura therefore seeks justice for the decade of her life that Mr. Combs took away from her with threats of violence, excessive use of drugs, physical and psychological abuse, and sexual slavery,” the lawsuit states.
She’s looking for “injunctive, declaratory and monetary relief” from Diddy and affiliated defendants.
After the lawsuit information broke, Cassie’s husband, Alex Fine, reposted a photograph of them to his Instagram Story, including a crimson coronary heart.
Former Bad Boy Records — a defendant in Cassie’s lawsuit — artists have additionally spoken in assist of Cassandra. Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard of Dainty Kane shared messages on Instagram and X.
“Been tryna tell y’all for years. Prayers up for this queen @Cassie,” Aubrey wrote on her IG Story.
“Praying for Cassie and her family, for peace and healing. You are beautiful and brave,” Dawn wrote on X.