June 22, 2024

Diddy Admits Beating Ex-Girlfriend Cassie, Calls His Actions ‘Inexcusable’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs admitted that he beat his ex-girlfriend Cassie in a lodge hallway in 2016 after CNN launched video of the assault, saying in a video apology he was “truly sorry” and his actions have been “inexcusable.”

“I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I was disgusted then when I did it. I’m disgusted now,” the music mogul said in a video statement posted Sunday to Instagram and Facebook.

The safety video aired Friday exhibits Combs, carrying solely a white towel, punching and kicking Cassie, an R&B singer who was his protege and longtime girlfriend on the time. The footage additionally exhibits Combs shoving and dragging Cassie, and throwing a vase in her route.

Cassie, whose authorized title is Cassandra Ventura, sued Combs in November over what she mentioned was years of sexual, bodily, and emotional abuse. The swimsuit was settled the subsequent day however spurred intense scrutiny of Combs, with a number of extra lawsuits filed within the following months, together with a federal legal sex-trafficking investigation that led authorities to raid Combs’ mansions in Los Angeles and Miami.

He had denied the allegations within the lawsuits, however neither he nor his representatives had responded to the newly emerged video till Sunday.

“It’s so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life, but sometimes you got to do that,” Diddy says on the video. He provides, “I went and I sought out professional help. I got into going to therapy, going to rehab. I had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I’m so sorry. But I’m committed to be a better man each and every day. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I’m truly sorry.”

Combs is wanting somber and carrying a T-shirt within the selfie-style apology video, and seems to be on a patio. It is the hip-hop mogul’s most direct response and first apology after six months of allegations which have threatened his status and profession.

In December, after Ventura and at least three other women had filed lawsuits towards him, Combs posted a statement on Instagram broadly denying the reality of all of them.

“Let me absolutely clear. I did not do any of the awful things being alleged,” the submit mentioned.

The safety digital camera video, dated March 5, 2016, intently resembles the outline of an incident at an InterContinental Hotel within the Century City space of Los Angeles described in Ventura’ lawsuit.

The swimsuit alleges that Combs paid the lodge $50,000 for the safety video instantly after the incident. Neither he or his representatives have addressed that particular allegation. CNN didn’t say the way it obtained the footage.

The swimsuit mentioned Ventura had been attempting to get away from a sleeping Combs, who had already punched her within the face earlier than the video started.

Combs just isn’t at risk of being criminally prosecuted for the beating. The statutes of limitations for the assault and battery prices he can be more likely to face expired years in the past.

The similar is true of lots of the allegations within the lawsuits, however the federal investigators following Combs are probably searching for potential crimes they’ll convey beneath the regulation.

Ventura signed to Diddy’s label in 2005. The two had an on-again-off-again romantic relationship for greater than a decade beginning in 2007.