Diddy is within the highlight after Cassie revealed an alleged historical past of sexual assault, abuse, and trafficking throughout state strains by the hands of the producer. The “Official Lady” singer filed the bombshell lawsuit on Thursday (Nov. 16) in New York.
In an announcement despatched to a number of information retailers, together with CNN and the NY Instances, Diddy — actual identify Sean Combs — denies the allegations by way of his lawyer. He claims Cassie has been searching for a $30 million payout from him for months.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Lawyer Ben Brafman wrote. “For the previous 6 months, Mr. Combs, has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, underneath the specter of writing a harmful e book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.”
Diddy’s lawyer says Cassie has withdrawn “her preliminary menace” however “resorted to submitting a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies.” The assertion provides that Cassie is “aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’ fame” and needs “a payday.”
The Dangerous Boy Leisure founder — an organization listed as one among 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 Supplied Her “Eight Figures” For Her Silence
In the meantime, Cassie’s lawyer supplied an announcement to the NY Instances confirming that the plaintiff and defendant spoke earlier than she filed the lawsuit. Nonetheless, Lawyer Douglas Wigdor says Diddy was the one who tried to purchase Cassie’s silence.
“Mr. Combs provided Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and stop the submitting of this lawsuit,” Wigdor stated. “She rejected his efforts.”
Cassie additionally spoke on her choice to file in an announcement to CNN.
“After years in silence and darkness, I’m lastly prepared to inform my story, and to talk up on behalf of myself and for the good thing about different girls who face violence and abuse of their relationships,” Cassie reportedly shared. “With the expiration of New York’s Grownup Survivors Act quick approaching, it turned clear that this was a chance to talk up concerning the trauma I’ve skilled and that I will likely be recovering from for the remainder of my life.”
For context, New York’s Grownup Survivors Act is set to run out on Nov. 23, 2023, because it solely supplied a “one-year window” for victims to file civil instances in opposition to alleged abusers.
Amid Cassie’s lawsuit, TMZ reported on Nov. 16– by way of legislation enforcement sources — that Diddy was the topic of a “secret NYPD” investigation. Nonetheless, the NYPD issued an replace on Nov. 17, saying that data was “misguided” and that there was “no such investigation at current.”
Cassie Particulars Graphic Incidents Of Sexual & Bodily Abuse In Lawsuit
Cassie’s lawsuit boasts a set off warning concerning the “extremely 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 intercourse trafficking.” After they met, the singer was 19 and Diddy was 37. Earlier than the alleged abuse started, the “Me & U” singer alleges Diddy used a number of means to flex his superstar standing, affect, and celebration life-style.
Issues took a bodily flip when Diddy allegedly forcibly kissed Cassie at her twenty first birthday celebration after pulling her inside a rest room. Weeks later, he had sexual activity together with her after offering her with “copious quantities of medicine” throughout a Miami journey.
Within the years after, Cassie alleges Diddy raped her after she tried to go away him, pressured 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 typically resulted in “bruises, burst lips, black eyes and bleeding.” She describes the hip hop mogul as “a vicious, merciless, and controlling man.”
Cassie additionally alleges she tried to go away the connection a number of occasions however was at all times discovered and coerced to return by folks inside Diddy’s community, together with his authorized crew and label execs.
Cassie Receives Public Help From Husband & Former Dangerous Boy Information Artists
The mom of two stated in her lawsuit she will be able to not stay silent on the matter.
“Mr. Combs stays immensely highly effective and immensely harmful. Ms. Ventura subsequently seeks justice for the last decade of her life that Mr. Combs took away from her with threats of violence, extreme use of medicine, bodily and psychological abuse, and sexual slavery,” the lawsuit states.
She’s searching for “injunctive, declaratory and financial aid” from Diddy and affiliated defendants.
After the lawsuit information broke, Cassie’s husband, Alex Wonderful, reposted a photograph of them to his Instagram Story, including a crimson coronary heart.
Former Dangerous Boy Information — a defendant in Cassie’s lawsuit — artists have additionally spoken in assist of Cassandra. Aubrey O’Day and Daybreak Richard of Dainty Kane shared messages on Instagram and X.
“Been tryna inform y’all for years. Prayers up for this queen @Cassie,” Aubrey wrote on her IG Story.
“Praying for Cassie and her household, for peace and therapeutic. You might be stunning and courageous,” Daybreak wrote on X.