On Thursday, Nov. 16, Sean “Diddy” Combs was accused in a lawsuit of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to a relationship that included beatings and rape.
Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, claims in a lawsuit filed in New York federal court against the producer and music mogul that Combs lured her into his “sophisticated, fast-paced, drug-filled lifestyle” shortly after she met him and signed to his publishing house when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005.
Attorney Ben Brafman said Combs “vehemently denies” the allegations.
Ventura, now 37, said Combs, now 54, became abusive as soon as their relationship began.
The lawsuit alleges that he, “in an uncontrollable rage,” brutally beat and kicked her. It claims he drugged her and forced her to have sex with other men while he masturbated and filmed her.
The lawsuit alleges that in 2018, when she tried to end the relationship, Combs forced her into his Los Angeles home and raped her.
“After years of silence and obscurity, I am finally ready to tell my story and speak up for myself and other women who are experiencing relationship violence and abuse,” Ventura said in a statement.
Brafman called the allegations “lies.”