RENOWNED hip-hop mogul Sean Combs has been accused of sexual abuse and assault by a singer previously signed to his record label, according to a bombshell filing.
Combs, who goes by P. Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy, was hit with a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court by his former girlfriend Cassie, born Casandra Ventura.
Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs has been accused of sexual assault and abuse by his former girlfriendCredit: Getty Images
Cassie, born Casandra Ventura, was previously signed to Sean Combs’ Bad Boy RecordsCredit: Getty
Combs and Cassie have been romantically linked for decadesCredit: Getty
Sean Combs has called the allegations in the suit ‘baseless’Credit: Getty
Cassie has been romantically linked to Combs for decades and was previously signed to his Bad Boy Records label.
In the suit, Cassie claims that not long after she met Combs in 2005, when she was 19, he began a pattern of control and abuse that led her to live a “lifestyle of excessive alcohol and substance abuse.”
The singer also accused the Bad Boy for Life rapper of forcing her to have sex with a succession of male prostitutes while he filmed the encounters.
In 2018, near the end of their relationship, Combs forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her, according to the lawsuit.
“Throughout their relationship Mr. Combs was prone to uncontrollable rage, and frequently beat Ms. Ventura savagely,” the suit claims.
“These beatings were witnessed by Mr. Combs’ staff and employees of Bad Boy Entertainment and Mr. Combs’s related businesses, but no one dared to speak up against their frightening and ferocious boss.”
The Me & U singer released a statement saying she’s finally ready to speak out after years of silence.
“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 said.
“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.”
Combs denied the allegations, calling the suit baseless as part of Cassie’s attempt to seek a payday.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations,” Comb’s attorney, Ben Brafman, said in a statement to The New York Times.
“For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Venturea’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 not resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Comb’s reputation and seeking a payday.”
Cassie’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, claims the parties spoke before the lawsuit was filed.
“Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts,” Wigdor claims.
Combs, 54, has been one of the most influential artists in hip-hop since founding Bad Boy Records in 1993.
He has worked with rap superstars the Notorious B.I.G, Mary J. Blige, The Lox, Mase, 112, and many more.
Combs’ net worth is estimated to be as much as $1 billion, according to Forbes.