Diddy’s former romantic partner Cassie sued him in federal court on Thursday (November 16) for alleged sexual assault and physical abuse over the course of more than ten years. According to her, whose real name is Cassandra Ventura, this pattern began at age 19 when she met him and signed to his label, Bad Boy Records. Specific accusations include a pattern of control through drugs and other substances, physical assaults, and forcing her to have intercourse with male sex workers while the executive recorded these acts. In addition, the suit suggests that as their relationship came to a close in 2018, he barged into her home and sexual assaulted her.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Diddy’s attorney Ben Brafman stated. “For the past six 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. Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday.” “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 expressed in a statement concerning the accusations against Diddy. “Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit,” her lawyer Douglas Wigdor. “She rejected his efforts.”