NEW YORK CITY (AP)– Sean “Diddy” Combs, was implicated in a suit Thursday of subjecting R&B vocalist Cassie to a yearslong relationship that consisted of whippings and rape.
Cassie, whose legal name is Casandra Ventura, declared in the match submitted versus the manufacturer and music magnate in New York federal court that Combs brought her into his “over the top, hectic, and drug-fueled way of life” not long after she fulfilled him and signed to his label when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005.
Lawyer Ben Brafman stated Combs “emphatically rejects” the accusations.
Ventura, now 37 herself, stated Combs, now 54, started the pattern of abuse started as quickly as their relationship did.
The match declares that, “susceptible to unmanageable rage,” he subjected her to “savage” whippings in which he punched, kicked and stomped her. It declares he plied her with drugs, and required her to make love with other males while he masturbated and recorded them.
The fit states that as she was attempting to end the relationship in 2018, Combs required her into her Los Angeles home and raped her.
“After years in silence and darkness, I am lastly prepared to inform my story, and to speak out on behalf of myself and for the advantage of other ladies who deal with violence and abuse in their relationships,” Ventura stated in a declaration.
The Associated Press does not generally call individuals who state they have actually been sexually mistreated unless they step forward openly as Ventura has.
Brafman called the accusations “lies.”
“For the previous 6 months, Mr. Combs has actually gone through Ms. Ventura’s relentless need of $30 million, under the hazard of composing a destructive book about their relationship, which was unquestionably declined as outright blackmail,” he stated in a declaration. “Despite withdrawing her preliminary risk, Ms. Ventura has actually now turned to submitting a suit filled with unwarranted and outrageous lies, intending to taint Mr. Combs’s credibility and looking for a payday.”
Ventura’s legal representative Douglas Wigdor reacted in a declaration that Combs used her “8 figures to silence her and avoid her the filing of this claim. She declined his efforts and chose to offer a voice to all female who suffer in silence.”
Combs is amongst the most prominent hip-hop manufacturers and executives of the previous 3 years.
He and Ventura started dating in 2007 and had an on-and-off relationship for more than a years.
She ended up being understood for the Ryan Leslie-produced hit single “Me & & U, “which protected the No. 1 area on the Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop tunes chart in 2006. The tune was the lead single of her only studio album, which was self-titled.
As a star, she has actually appeared in numerous tv and movies jobs consisting of Fox’s “Empire,” “Step Up 2: The Streets” and “Spenser Confidential.”
Combs constructed among hip-hop’s most significant empires, blazing a path with a number of entities connected to his popular name. He is the creator of Bad Boy Records and a three-time Grammy winner who has actually dealt with a variety of top-tier artists consisting of Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.
The magnate developed the style clothes line Sean John, introduced the Revolt television channel with a concentrate on music, and produced the truth program “Making the Band” for MTV.
This year, he launched his 5th studio album “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” which made 2 Grammy elections this month.
The claim mentions a speech Combs provided while getting a life time accomplishment honor at the BET Awards in 2022, in which he thanked Ventura for “holding me down in the dark times, love.”
The fit states, “The reality, nevertheless, is that Cassie– Ms. Casandra Ventura– was held down by Mr. Combs and withstood over a years of his violent habits and disrupted needs.”