Content Warning: The following article includes allegations of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Famed rapper and producer Sean Combs, who has gone by both Puff Daddy, P Diddy, and Diddy, has been accused by singer Cassie of rape, physical abuse, forcible confinement, and sex trafficking, and she is suing him in a US federal court.
The New York Times reports that Cassie’s documents allege she was subjected to Combs abuse for over a decade during their romantic relationship which began in 2005 when she was only 19. In a statement to the outlet, Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura. Said, ““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.”
The New York Times reports on the legal documents filed in Manhattan, stating they contain the assertion that Combs “began a pattern of control and abuse that included plying her with drugs, beating her and forcing her to have sex with a succession of male prostitutes while he filmed the encounters. In 2018, the suit says, near the end of their relationship, Mr. Combs forced his way into her home and raped her.”
Other aspects of the suit are truly disturbing. She asserts that he once threatened to blow up a rival suitor’s car,and that suitor was none other than “Day and Night” rapper Kid Cudi.
“Around that time,” the suit says, “Kid Cudi’s car exploded in his driveway.”
And Kid Cudi’s spokeswoman has confirmed that aspect. “This is all true,” he said.
In addition, in a move that mirrors the famed actions of Suge Knight, it is asserted that Combs once dangled one of Cassie’s friends from a 17th floor balcony
Cassie’s attorney Douglas Wigdor told the outlet, “Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts.”
Combs, on his end, has stated the opposite.His attorney Ben Brafman, told the outlet, “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. 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.”
Kid Cudi isn’t the only one to corroborate Cassie’s allegations. An old New York Magazine interview with Kimora Lee Simmons has resurfaced, where she states that Combs threatened to physically assault her.
The article from 2004 reads. “There was a nasty cloudburst when Kimora said something to Combs and he threatened to hit her.” She said, “And I was pregnant! The Moron!”
The article then goes on to say Combs got down on his knees and publicly apologized to her.
Another woman, Gina Huynh, who also dated Combs, stated in 2019 that Combs also violently assaulted her.
Page Six reports that in an interview, she stated Combs once stomped on her stomach and punched her in the head. “He stomped on my stomach really hard — like, took the wind out of my breath. I couldn’t breathe. He kept hitting me. I was pleading to him, ‘Can you just stop? I can’t breathe.'”
She claimed at the time she finally fought back to get him off of her. Their relationship apparently overlapped with his relationship with Cassie.
Other artists close to Combs, like Aubrey O’Day, who was part of Danity Kane, the group managed by Combs during his show Making The Band, has gone on a re-tweeting spree on Twitter/X, where she has been reposting fans posts that suggest she knew Combs was trying to silence people behind the scenes and that the truth would soon come out.
Another Danity Kane member, Dawn Richard, has also publicly supported Cassie on Twitter/X.