Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie Ventura settle legal dispute out of court
Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and R&B artiste Cassie Ventura have swiftly resolved a legal dispute, just one day after Ventura accused Combs of rape and sex trafficking. The duo released a joint statement on Friday, refraining from divulging specific settlement details. In the statement, Ventura expressed her gratitude for the support received from family, fans and legal counsel, emphasising her decision to amicably resolve the matter on terms she could control. Combs echoed sentiments of goodwill, wishing Ventura and her family the best.
Ventura filed the lawsuit on Thursday, alleging a decade-long cycle of abuse and violence during her relationship with Combs. The rapper, also known as Puff Daddy, vehemently denied the accusations, countering with claims of extortion. Ventura’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, commended her courage in going public with the lawsuit.
The legal documents outlined graphic descriptions of alleged abuse, asserting that Combs subjected Ventura to violence, drugs and alcohol. Combs’ lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, dismissed the lawsuit as containing “baseless and outrageous lies” and revealed Ventura’s purported demand of $30 million under the threat of a damaging book about their relationship.
The legal dispute unfolded against the backdrop of Combs receiving the Global Icon Award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Ventura, known for hits like “Me & U” and “Long Way to Go,” had collaborated with Combs on several tracks.