Sean “Diddy” Combs and Casandra “Cassie” Ventura have come to an agreement just one day after the singer filed a lawsuit against the music mogul, alleging various charges including rape, sex trafficking, and domestic violence in New York.
On Friday, Diddy, 54, and the “Me & U” singer, 37, jointly announced the resolution of the claims in the lawsuit, expressing that they are both satisfied with the outcome. The parties also made it clear that the specific terms of the agreement will not be disclosed publicly.
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“I have chosen to settle this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control. I want to express my gratitude to my family, fans, and lawyers for their unwavering support.”
Her attorney, Douglas Wigdor, commented,
“I am very proud of Ms. Ventura for having the strength to come forward with her lawsuit. She deserves commendation for doing so.”
Combs added, “We have chosen to resolve this matter amicably. I extend my best wishes to Cassie and her family. Love.”
Ben Brafman, Combs’ lawyer, clarified his client’s position on the issue, stating to PEOPLE,
“Just to be clear, settling a lawsuit, especially in 2023, does not imply any admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs‘ decision to settle the lawsuit in no way contradicts his outright denial of the claims. He is pleased they reached a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura all the best.”
Ventura and Combs met in 2005, when she was 19 years old and he was 37. He then signed her to his label Bad Boy Records, and the two later began dating.
In her lawsuit, Ventura had claimed she was stuck in a decade-long “cycle of abuse, violence and sex trafficking.”
“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,”
she said in a statement at the time of filing.
“With the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act fast approaching, it became clear that this was an opportunity to speak up about the trauma I have experienced and that I will be recovering from for the rest of my life.”
“All aspects of Ms. Ventura’s life were controlled by either Mr. Combs or his management companies,” Thursday’s complaint filed in New York read.
Ventura had also alleged that she would receive beatings from Combs that were so severe that he would hide her at
“hotels for days at a time to let her bruises heal.”
She had also alleged that during her time with Combs, he would also force her to engage in encounters with sex workers that he called “freak offs,” or “FOs,” and that these instances “always” included ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana and alcohol.
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Combs’ lawyer Ben Brafman had denied Ventura’s allegations.
“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. Ms. Ventura’s demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail,” Brafman said. “Despite withdrawing her initial threat, 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.”
Wigdor refuted those claims, adding,
“Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts and decided to give a voice to all women who suffer in silence. Ms. Ventura should be applauded for her bravery.”