Sean "Puffy" Combs and Singer Cassie Settle Federal Sex Trafficking and Abuse Lawsuit.
Hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs and singer Cassie have resolved a federal lawsuit accusing Combs of sexual abuse and trafficking. The lawsuit, filed by Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, detailed alleged coercion and abuse spanning over a decade. However, a day after Cassie accused Combs of rape, trafficking, and physical assault, the two parties opted for an out-of-court settlement.
Cassie's attorney, Douglas Wigdor, issued a statement on Friday confirming the settlement. While the statement did not disclose the specific terms of the agreement, it mentioned that both Combs and Ventura were content with the resolution. In her own statement, Ventura expressed her decision to resolve the matter amicably, thanking her family, fans, and legal team for their steadfast support.
Combs' lawyer, Ben Brafman, reiterated his client's innocence in a statement on Saturday. Brafman emphasized that settling a lawsuit is not an admission of wrongdoing and stated that Combs' decision to settle does not undermine his denial of the allegations.
He expressed Combs' satisfaction with the mutual settlement and wished Ventura the best.The lawsuit outlined a history that began when Ventura was 19 and Combs was 37, with Ventura signing a record deal with Combs' label, Bad Boy Records, in 2006.
Allegations included Combs exerting control over all aspects of Ventura's life, involving drug and alcohol use.
The relationship turned violent, with Combs allegedly physically assaulting Ventura at a party for talking to another music manager.
The lawsuit further claimed that Combs forced Ventura to perform sex acts with hired men while filming.
One disturbing incident highlighted in the lawsuit involved Combs threatening to blow up rapper Kid Cudi's car during Paris Fashion Week in 2012, allegedly due to emails exchanged between Cudi and Ventura. Kid Cudi's car subsequently exploded in his driveway.
Despite Combs being a prominent figure in the music industry, with his label representing iconic hip-hop acts, the lawsuit tarnished his reputation. In response, Combs' lawyer, Brafman, labeled the allegations as offensive and outrageous, asserting that Ventura had initially demanded $30 million from Combs under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship.
In the filed lawsuit, Ventura credited the Adult Survivor's Act in New York and California's Sexual Abuse Accountability and Cover-Up Act for providing her the means to confront her abuser and hold those who enabled the abuse accountable.