Assault and sex trafficking: All the biggest allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
His ex-girlfriend Cassie claims he beat and drugged her
Rapper Sean Combs, aka ‘Diddy’, has been accused of rape and abuse by his ex-girlfriend and singer Cassie in a massive lawsuit, which was filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, The New York Times reported on Thursday— to much shock and dismay from fans.
According to the lawsuit, Cassie claims Diddy used his powerful network to keep her trapped in a violent relationship with him for more than a decade. She alleges that during that time, Sean assaulted her many times, beat her and raped her. She faced “a cycle of abuse, violence, and sex trafficking” until their relationship ended in 2018, the lawsuit alleges.
Cassie said in a statement to the Times: “After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships.”
Meanwhile, a representative for Sean denied the claims and wrote that the allegations were “offensive and outrageous” and come after Cassie asked the rapper for $30million: “Ms Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr Combs’ reputation and seeking a pay day,” the statement read.
So, as the fall out from Cassie’s lawsuit against Sean continues, here are all of the biggest allegations which have emerged so far:
Sean signed Cassie to his label at 19 and ‘aggressively’ started ‘pursuing her’
Sean, also known as Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy and Love, has won three Grammys and runs a humungous business empire which includes everything from music to alcohol. He’s been a huge figure in hip hop ever since he founded Bad Boy Records in 1993, which he signed Cassie to when she was 19.
According to the lawsuit, Sean aggressively began pursuing Cassie and invited himself to her 21st birthday gathering where he forcibly kissed her. “Within a year of signing with Bad Boy Records, Mr. Combs became deeply entrenched in Ms. Ventura’s life, almost immediately asserting possession and control over her, and inserting himself into all aspects of her career and her personal life,” the lawsuit says, adding by 2010 Sean was in control of where Cassie lived, her transportation, what holidays she went on and what clothes she wore.
Sean ‘urged’ Cassie to ‘take more drugs’ and she felt she couldn’t refuse because of his position of power
In the lawsuit, there are multiple references to drug taking. Regarding one incident in 2007, it claims that Cassie “felt she could not refuse Mr. Combs’ urging her to take more drugs,” adding that Sean was addicted to prescription painkillers. “When Mr. Combs exhausted his supply of pills, he demanded that Ms. Ventura procure prescriptions from this Miami doctor in her own name,” it says.
Sean beat Cassie ‘multiple times each year’ and may have given her ‘memory loss’ through head injury
Another claim in Cassie’s lawsuit against Sean is that he had her medical records forwarded to his email. One of the records details an MRI she had after suffering memory loss, which could either have been a result of the drug taking or from head injuries cause by Sean.
According to the lawsuit, Sean beat Cassie “multiple times a year” and once, after learning she’d spoken to another music manager about her career, pulled her out of a club and “stomped on her face”, leaving her “terrified, isolated, and unable to see a pathway out of Mr. Combs’ abusive hold on her life.”
Cassie was ‘told to perform sex acts with sex workers’ after being given large amounts of various drugs
Sex trafficking is one of the biggest claims in Cassie’s lawsuit, which alleges Sean told her to perform sex acts with sex workers at hotels after giving her “ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and alcohol in excessive amounts”. During these instances, the filing also alleges Sean would occasionally physically assault her.
Sean threatened to ‘blow up’ Kid Cudi’s car when he started dating Cassie and it exploded on his driveway
While Sean and Cassie were on some kind of break/in a fight in 2011, she started dating Kid Cudi. And the lawsuit claims that in February 2012, Sean told Cassie he was going to blow up Kid Cudi’s car. It then exploded on his driveway around that time.
A spokesperson for Kid Cudi told The New York Times: “This is all true.”
Cassie tried to get out of a hotel room while Sean slept but he ‘chased’ her and threatened to disrupt her career
According to the lawsuit, Cassie tried to get out of a hotel room while Sean was sleeping in 2016 but when he woke up he chased, shouted and threw glass vases at her. Later, she was allegedly contacted by Bad Boy Management and was told if she didn’t answer Sean’s calls then her single would be withheld. The filing also claims Sean raped Cassie in 2018.
One of Cassie’s attorneys told Pitchfork: “No human should have to endure what Ms. Ventura has endured. Her ability and willingness to speak up against the abuse she suffered, and seeking to hold accountable her abuser and those who enabled the abuse, is a testament to her strength and resilience. We are honored to represent this brave victim in her pursuit of justice.”
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