In a federal court case filed in New York City, singer Casandra Ventura, professionally known as Cassie, has accused rapper and record executive Sean “Diddy” Combs of rape, physical abuse, and sex trafficking during their decade-long relationship.
The lawsuit portrays Combs as a “vicious, cruel, and controlling man” who exerted complete control over Ventura’s personal and professional life.
Ventura alleged that the abuse began after she met Combs in 2005 at the age of 19, describing instances where Combs raped her in her home after attempts to end the relationship.
The lawsuit outlines various forms of abuse, including physical assaults resulting in bruises, burst lips, black eyes, and bleeding. It also claims that in 2012, Combs destroyed rapper Kid Cudi’s car after discovering his romantic interest in Ventura.
The lawsuit further alleges that Combs forced Ventura to engage in sex acts with male escorts while he filmed the encounters, and he intimidated her into carrying a firearm for him. Additionally, it asserts that Combs introduced Ventura to a lifestyle of excessive alcohol and substance abuse, requiring her to obtain illicit prescriptions to satisfy his addictions.
Ventura, breaking her silence, stated, “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.”
Combs denied all the allegations, with his lawyer, Ben Brafman, stating that Ventura attempted to blackmail him for $30 million. Brafman claims that Combs has been subjected to persistent demands for money over the past six months, under the threat of Ventura writing a damaging book about their relationship.
In response, Ventura’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, asserted that Combs had offered his client a substantial sum in exchange for her silence, which she declined. “Ms. Ventura should be applauded for her bravery,” Wigdor added.
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