Singer Cassie and Diddy have swiftly come to an agreement just one day after she filed a high-profile lawsuit, accusing the hip-hop mogul of rape and multiple instances of physical abuse. The parties announced it on Friday evening, stating that they have reached a resolution in the case, without disclosing specific details of the settlement.
Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, expressed her decision to resolve the matter amicably, emphasizing her desire for some degree of control in the situation. She conveyed her gratitude to her family, fans, and legal team for their unwavering support. In response, Mr. Combs stated, “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”
The settlement effectively puts an end to what could have been a risky and potentially embarrassing legal discovery process for Mr. Combs. This process could have involved the public release of substantial evidence and even a trial. Additionally, Cassie, who had already made her accusations public through a formal complaint, avoided the prospect of cross-examination by Mr. Combs’s legal team.
In her lawsuit, which garnered major attention, Cassie, who had signed with Mr. Combs’s Bad Boy label in 2005 at the age of 19 and dated him for about a decade, made serious allegations against Mr. Combs. She claimed that she endured years of physical abuse, controlling behavior, and various forms of sexual abuse, including rape. In response, Mr. Combs’s attorney, Ben Brafman, vehemently denied these allegations, describing them as offensive and outrageous.
According to Cassie’s lawsuit, filed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Mr. Combs assaulted her on numerous occasions, resulting in injuries and bruises. She also alleged that his employees sometimes secluded her in hotel rooms for days to recover away from the public eye. One of the most disturbing claims in the lawsuit was that Cassie was forced to participate in sexual encounters with male prostitutes over the years while Mr. Combs watched, masturbated, and recorded videos. These events, referred to as “freak offs,” allegedly took place in upscale hotels across the United States.
In the past year, Mr. Combs received a Lifetime Achievement award at the BET Awards and was honored with the Global Icon Award at MTV’s Video Music Awards in September. Nevertheless, despite the settlement, the damage to Mr. Combs’s reputation and legacy may be substantial. In the days since Cassie’s lawsuit was filed, prior allegations of violence and abuse against Mr. Combs have resurfaced, and several musicians have publicly expressed their support for Cassie.