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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of Rape, Sexual Assualt By Ex-Girlfriend Cassie, Lawsuit Filed

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has been accused of subjecting ex-girlfriend and R&B singer Cassie to abuse in a years-long relationship.

Aanchal Sharma

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs accused of rape and sexual assault by Cassie
Sean 'Diddy' Combs. (Image: AP)

AMERICAN rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs faces a federal lawsuit in New York City filed by his ex-girlfriend Casandra Ventura, known as Cassie. Alleging physical and sexual abuse, the complaint contends that Combs drew Ventura into a lavish, drug-fueled lifestyle and a romantic relationship shortly after signing her to Bad Boy Records around 2005 or 2006. 

Ventura claims that Combs, who was 37 when they met, exerted control over her personal and professional life until their partnership ended in 2019. The lawsuit further accuses Combs of introducing Ventura to excessive alcohol and substance abuse and coercing her into sexual activities with other men. Ventura asserts that Combs sexually assaulted her in 2018 after she attempted to end the relationship. 

As a mother of two, she contends that her struggles with addiction were fueled by Combs. Ventura checked into rehab due to suicidal thoughts linked to abuse and claims ongoing emotional distress. 

Speaking out after years of silence, she aims to shed light on relationship violence before the Adult Survivors Act’s expiration in November 2023. In response, Combs vehemently denies the allegations, accusing Ventura of seeking $30 million in a blackmail attempt, rejected by him six months prior. 

Combs and other defendants, including his businesses and Epic Records, are charged with offences ranging from human trafficking to creating a hostile work environment. Ventura seeks unspecified financial damages. The Adult Survivors Act of New York, effective since late November 2022, grants adult victims of sexual abuse a year to file lawsuits, even if the statute of limitations has expired. 

Combs, also known as Puff Daddy and Diddy, founded Bad Boy Records in 1993, contributing significantly to hip-hop’s evolution, with 14 Grammy nominations and three awards. Ventura, at 37, gained prominence with her 2006 debut album Cassie, featuring the hit Me & U, during her time as a Bad Boy signee. She collaborated with Combs on ‘Must Be Love’ in 2009 and worked with artists like Lil Wayne and Akon.

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