Diddy to court over rape
Rapper and hip-hop entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, whom R&B singer Cassandra Ventura once dated and whose record label she signed, is accused of abusing Ventura physically on a regular basis, raping her, and sexually abusing her. Ventura filed the lawsuit in federal court on Thursday.
Ventura, who goes by the stage name Cassie, made one of Combs’ main accusations against him: that he made her perform sex acts for a series of male prostitutes he hired while he watched and recorded the interactions for his own amusement.
When she brought up the subject of breaking up with Combs in 2018, Ventura, 37, claims that he sexually assaulted her.
In an announcement, Combs’ attorney Ben Brafman said that his client “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”
In addition, Combs is accused of repeatedly hitting Ventura during their ten-year love and professional connection, which was maintained through intimidation and drug and alcohol abuse. The lawsuit was submitted to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
According to Brafman, Ventura’s attempt to bribe Combs into paying her $30 million by threatening to write a damaging book about their relationship failed, and she eventually filed a lawsuit “riddled with baseless and outrageous lies”.
The report says he allegedly threatened to hang a friend of Ventura’s over the balcony of a high-rise hotel suite, made her carry his pistol in her purse, and, after discovering that Kid Cudi was interested in her, blew up the rapper’s car.
A 10-album recording deal with Bad Boy Records was signed by Ventura within months of meeting Combs, who was 37 at the time of the lawsuit, and the two started dating a few years later.
A set sum of money damages is not what the complaint is requesting. Ventura’s request is for “justice for the decade of her life that Mr. Combs took away from her with threats of violence, excessive drug use, and physical abuse,” according to the statement.