Nov. 18 (UPI) — The hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, identified extra generally as Diddy, has settled a lawsuit filed by his former longtime girlfriend and singer Cassie Ventura, who had accused him of rape and bodily abuse.
The bombshell lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Thursday, which got here with a set off warning of extremely graphic data, and the settlement was reached by Friday evening, she mentioned in a assertion supplied to information retailers.
“I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control,” Ventura mentioned in the assertion. “I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”
The phrases of the fast settlement weren’t introduced. Combs, utilizing mirror language, later issued a assertion that the 2 had “decided to resolve this matter amicably” however added that he wished her and her household “all the best.”
With the fast settlement, Combs and Ventura keep away from going by the method of proof discovery and a trial, which might have affected each events in the courtroom of public opinion as in the case final yr between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
In Ventura’s lawsuit, obtained by UPI, her legal professionals famous that Combs rose to fame as Puff Daddy and the founding father of Bad Boy Records in the early Nineties. He has helped form the way forward for hip-hop tradition, incomes a Lifetime Achievement Award on the BET Awards final yr — the place he thanked Ventura for holding him down “in the dark times.”
“The truth, however, is that Cassie — Ms. Casandra Ventura — was held down by Mr. Combs and endured over a decade of his violent behavior and disturbed demands. For Ms. Ventura, the ‘dark times’ were those she spent trapped by Mr. Combs in a cycle of abuse, violence, and sex trafficking,” the lawsuit reads.
Combs and Ventura met in 2005 when he heard her first single enjoying in a strip membership and determined to signal the 19-year-old singer to his report label for a ten-album deal. He was 37 on the time. Ventura’s legal professionals famous that, together with her being signed to his label, he was in impact her boss and had energy over her.
Ventura alleged that Combs was liable to rage and would beat her “savagely,” which was witnessed by his workers and staff “but no one dared to speak up against their frightening and ferocious boss.” He would then allegedly disguise her and the proof away, love-bombing her with items.
The 35-page lawsuit particulars the alleged brutality over the course of their yearslong relationship at size, culminating in his alleged rape of Ventura in September 2018 when she grew to become determined to attempt to depart him. Despite reaching a settlement, Combs denies all of the allegations laid out by the lawsuit.