Singer Cassie Ventura and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs settled on Friday, a day after Ventura filed a federal lawsuit accusing Combs of rape and years of abuse, as stated by both parties.
In a statement obtained by CNN, Combs said, “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”
Ventura, who had a previous relationship with Combs, filed the lawsuit on Thursday, alleging rape and prolonged physical and other abuse. In her statement, also obtained by CNN, Ventura expressed her decision to resolve the matter amicably with some level of control.
The details of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.
The lawsuit, obtained by CNN, claimed that Combs led Ventura into a lavish, fast-paced, drug-fueled lifestyle and a romantic relationship within two years of meeting in 2005 or 2006 when Combs signed her to his record label, Bad Boy Records.
Ventura asserted that Combs wielded power and influence over her throughout their professional and romantic relationship, which started when she was 19 and he was 37 lasting until 2019.
According to the complaint, Ventura detailed allegations of physical violence, control over her personal life, introduction to excessive alcohol and substance abuse, and coercion into engaging in various sexual acts with other men during their time together.
Ventura claimed that after attempting to end their relationship in 2018, Combs forced his way into her home and raped her.
Now a mother of two, Ventura stated in the lawsuit that she struggled with addictions fueled by Combs during their relationship. She continues to experience immense emotional distress and sought help at an inpatient rehabilitation center after suicidal thoughts linked to abuse.
Ventura disclosed that she came forward partly due to the impending expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which allows adult survivors of sexual abuse to sue their abusers, even if the statute of limitations has expired. The law, effective since November 2022, provides one year for survivors to file lawsuits and is set to expire on November 24.
In response, Ben Brafman, Combs’ attorney, denied the allegations, calling them “outrageous” and accusing Ventura of persistent threats to write a damaging book unless given $30 million, which he equated to “blackmail.”
Combs, 54, founded Bad Boy in 1993 and is renowned in the music industry as Puff Daddy and Diddy. Ventura, 37, an R&B singer, gained fame with her 2006 debut album “Cassie” under Combs’ Bad Boy label, collaborating with artists like Lil Wayne and Akon.