Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs’ lawyer has released a new statement maintaining his innocence after the producer settled a lawsuit with his ex-girlfriend Cassandra Ventura.
Ventura, who is known as Cassie, settled a ground-breaking lawsuit with her ex-boyfriend that accused him of rape and sexual abuse . Diddy has vehemently denied the allegations.
Ben Brafman, Diddy’s lawyer, said in a statement that: “Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.” He added: “Mr. Combs‘ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
On Thursday, Ventura filed a civil suit against Diddy claiming that he raped her and perpetually abused her for years. It was filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Court documents revealed that Cassie experienced abuse when she was just 19 at the hands of the producer behind Bad Boy Records. She had signed to that label in 2005 when Diddy was 37. She alleges he “lured [her] into an ostentatious, fast-paced and drug-fuelled lifestyle” that eventually turned into a romantic relationship.
Attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents Cassie, announced the settlement on Friday, stating that the pair had reached a deal that’s to both of their “mutual satisfaction,” but he did not disclose any of the terms. Cassie later released a statement of her own, saying the deal was “amicably” achieved, thanking her lawyers and family and fans. Diddy used the same language and added that he wished “Cassie and her family all the best.”
Cassie, who is now 37, alleged that Diddy, now 54, was “prone to uncontrollable rage” and subjected her to numerous “savage” beatings where he punched, kicked and stomped on her, forcing her to take drugs and have sex with other men as he watched and masturbated.
In 2018, Cassie attempted to end the relationship, and that’s when he allegedly raped her after forcing her into his Los Angeles home. The complaint reads: “When she believed that she had finally separated from her long-time abuser, she joined Mr Combs for a dinner, after which he forced her into his home and raped her while she repeatedly said ‘no’ and tried to push him away.”
The court filing from Thursday alleges that there was a “power imbalance” between the couple as well since Diddy was her boss and was over “two decades her senior.” And, she considered him “one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry.”
Ben Brafman, Diddy’s lawyer, said in a statement on Thursday that “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.” He added: “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.”
Wigdor claimed that Cassie was offered the eight figures but declined them and “rejected” Diddy’s efforts to silence her and prevent her from taking legal action. Her filing sought unspecified damages incurred from their relationship and also “compensatory damages including consequential damages, lost wages, earning and all other sums of money, together with interest on these amounts, according to proof.” She also sought compensation for “mental pain and anguish.”
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