Diddy – real name Sean Combs – is sued by ex-girlfriend, R&B singer Cassie for rape and repeated physical abuse over a decade: Music mogul ‘vehemently’ denies allegations
- The rapper, who goes by P Diddy, allegedly controlled and abused Cassie for over a decade – as well as forcing her to have sex with multiple male prostitutes
- Diddy has vehemently denied all of the ‘offensive and outrageous allegations’
Music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has been accused of rape and repeated physical abuse by his former girlfriend, R&B legend Cassie, in a new federal lawsuit.
The rapper, who goes by P Diddy, allegedly controlled and abused Cassie for over a decade – as well as plying her with drugs, beating her, and forcing her to have sex with multiple male prostitutes on video.
The pair, who met in 2005, split in 2018. The lawsuit claims that just before the end of their relationship, Combs forced his way into her home and raped her.
Diddy has vehemently denied all of the ‘offensive and outrageous allegations.’
Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, said in a legal document that was filed in Manhattan’s Federal District Court: ‘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.’
P Diddy is facing a federal lawsuit after being accused of rape and repeated physical abuse by his former girlfriend, R&B legend Cassie
The pair, who met in 2005 when she was 19, split in 2018. The lawsuit claims that just before the end of her relationship, Combs forced his way into her home and raped her
The lawsuit also claims that he asked Ventura to carry his gun in her purse, reports the NYTimes. He allegedly once dangled one of Cassie’s friend over a 17th-floor hotel balcony.
Combs plied her with ecstasy and ketamine, and often beat her up. She never told authorities because it ‘would merely give Mr. Combs another excuse to hurt her.’
The lawsuit notes one event in 2009, where Combs saw her speaking to another agent, so he pushed her into a car and kicked her repeatedly in the face until she was bloodied.
The documents also describe when Combs got angry that Cassie was dating Kid Cudi in early 2012. Diddy told Cassie that he would blow up Cudi’s car.
‘Around that time, Kid Cudi’s car exploded in his driveway,’ the filing said.
Cassie also claims that Combs would threaten to suppress her music if she did not obey his ‘violent’ orders. He also paid for her car and apartment, and had access to her personal medical records, the suit claims.
She is seeking unspecified damages, the lawsuit says.
Ben Brafman, Combs’ lawyer, said: ‘Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.
‘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.’
Diddy, who also goes by the stage name Puff Daddy, is worth an estimated $1 billion after being one of the star figures in the commercialization of hip-hop in the 1990s.
He grew to be one of his generation’s most notable music producers – working with names such as Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige.
Combs founded Bad Boy – his record label – which Cassie was signed to in 2006.
She was swept up in his luxurious lifestyle and reaped the benefits of having her debut album released under his label.
Combs is no stranger to lawsuits – but they often are surrounding his alcohol brands.
The duo were together for 11 years, from when Cassie was 19
Diddy, who also goes by the stage name Puff Daddy, is worth an estimated $1 billion after being one of the star figures in the commercialization of hip-hop in the 1990s
In May this year, Combs sued spirits company Diageo claiming his vodka and tequila brands didn’t receive promised investments while being treated as inferior ‘urban’ products.
The lawsuit filed by Combs Wine and Spirits in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan alleged that Diageo North America starved Combs’ Ciroc vodka and DeLeon tequila brands of resources even as it showered attention on other celebrity brands.
Diageo bought actor George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila brand for $1 billion in 2017, for example.
Combs said Diageo leadership told him his race was one of the reasons it limited distribution to urban neighborhoods.
He was also told that some Diageo leaders resented him for making too much money, according to the lawsuit.
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