R&B singer Cassandra Ventura filed a lawsuit against rapper and hip-hop entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs in federal court on Thursday. Ventura claims that Combs, whose record label she signed, sexually abused and raped her on multiple occasions. #diddy #cassie
Combs was accused by Ventura, who goes by the stage name Cassie, of forcing her to perform sex activities with a number of male prostitutes he hired while he watched and recorded the interactions for his own amusement. This was one of the main accusations made against Combs.
Combs is accused of repeatedly abusing Ventura throughout a ten-year emotional and professional relationship, during which he intimidated her and used narcotics and alcohol to dominate her, according to the lawsuit, which was submitted to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
The 37-year-old Ventura claims that when she brought up the subject of breaking up with Combs in 2018, he sexually assaulted her.
Ben Brafman, the attorney for Combs, said in a statement that his client “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”
According to Brafman, Ventura’s attempt to bribe Combs into paying her $30 million by threatening to write a scathing book about their relationship failed, and she eventually filed a lawsuit “riddled with baseless and outrageous lies.”
Combs, 54, is the pioneer of the historic record label Bad Boy Records, one of the most important hip-hop executives and producers, a tremendously successful singer in his own right, and the creator of his own apparel brand, Sean John.
In 2017, Forbes magazine listed him as the highest-paid artist in the world, with an estimated yearly salary of $130 million.
Combs, also known by the aliases P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, and Diddy, was portrayed in the complaint filed on Thursday as an unstable, domineering person with violent impulses directed on Ventura and other people.
The lawsuit claimed that he hanged a friend of Ventura’s over the balcony of a high-rise hotel suite, made her carry his revolver in her purse, and, after discovering that he was interested in her, blew up musician Kid Cudi’s car.
The lawsuit states that Ventura signed a 10-album recording deal with Bad Boy Records in a matter of months after meeting Combs in late 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37. A few years later, the two started dating.
There is no set sum of money that the lawsuit seeks in damages.
Rather, it states that Ventura is pursuing justice for the ten years of her life that Mr. Combs robbed her of through violent threats, drug addiction, physical and psychological torture, and forced sexual enslavement.
The case alleges violations of federal, New York, and California laws pertaining to human trafficking and sex trafficking.
Combs is the most well-known member of the recording industry to face allegations of sexual misconduct in court cases; previous defendants include Aerosmith singer-songwriter Steven Tyler, record producer L.A. Reid, and music executive Neil Portnow, who served as the Recording Academy’s CEO and former chairman.