Cassie alleges a troubled former relationship with Diddy this would include sexual assault and abuse.
The “Official Girl” singer filed the documents on November 16 in the Southern District of New York court system, as reviewed by legal journalist Meghann Cuniff.
At the very top of paperworkthere is a trigger warning regarding “very explicit information of a sexual nature, including sexual assault.” Cassie lists Sean “Diddy” Combs as a defendant alongside Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records, Epic Records and Combs Enterprises.
The singer’s allegations against her former collaborator and boyfriend begin by referencing her Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 speech at the BET show. In it, he thanked Cassie for “holding him through the dark times.”
“The truth, however, is that Cassie – Ms. Casandra Ventura – was held down by Mr. Combs and endured more than a decade of his violent behavior and disturbed demands. For Ms. Ventura, the “dark times” were those she spent trapped by Mr. Combs in a cycle of abuse, violence, and sex trafficking,” the lawsuit states.
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Cassie alleges Diddy sexually assaulted her and forced her to commit intimate acts with others
The lawsuit provides a detailed list of “violent and illegal acts” that Diddy allegedly “forced” Cassie into. It cites sexual assault by a perpetrator and bystander as well as intimidating violence toward Cassie and others.
Diddy – as Cassie explains in the lawsuit – did the following:
“Ms. Ventura was raped in her own home after she tried to leave him. She often hit, beat, kicked and stomped Ms. Ventura, leaving her with bruises, burst lips, black eyes and bleeding. He blew up a man’s car after learning he was romantically involved with Ms Ventura. Forced Ms. Ventura to engage in sexual acts with male sex workers while masturbating and filming the encounters. He ran out of his apartment with a gun in pursuit of a rival industry executive who he learned was nearby. He demanded that Ms. Ventura carry his gun in her bag just to make her feel uncomfortable and demonstrate how dangerous it was. He introduced Ms. Ventura to a lifestyle characterized by excessive alcohol and substance use and required her to obtain illicit prescriptions to satisfy her own addictions.
The documents describe Diddy as a “vicious, cruel and controlling man” who entered her life in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37.
“Throughout their relationship, Mr. Combs was prone to uncontrollable rage and frequently beat Ms. Ventura savagely. Mr. Combs’ staff and employees of Bad Boy Entertainment and Mr. Combs-related businesses witnessed these beatings, but no one dared to report their frightening and ferocious boss,” the lawsuit states.
After his “horrible episodes of abuse,” Cassie alleges he tried to “hide” the “Me & U” singer and associated evidence. Additionally, he indicates that Diddy would bombard Cassie with gifts.
Cassandra says she tried to escape the hip-hop icon “over and over again” over the years. However, she said, her “network of affiliated companies and entities” always “found” her and “begged her to come back to him.”
“When (Cassie) believed she had finally separated from her longtime abuser, she joined Mr. Combs for dinner, after which he forced her into his home and raped her while “She kept saying ‘no’ and trying to push him away.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Diddy was jealous of Cassie and Kid Cudi’s relationship and threatened to blow up her car. Shortly after the threats, Cudi’s car exploded in his driveway. A rep for Cudi confirmed Cassie’s testimony, by the New York Times.
As previously reported, Cassie ended her relationship with Diddy after marry Alex Fine in 2019. They now have two children together.
The lawsuit says Cassie is looking “justice for the decade of her life that Mr. Combs took away from her with threats of violence, excessive drug use, physical and psychological abuse, and sexual slavery.”
She also hopes for “injunctive, declaratory and monetary relief” against the defendants for multiple violations of the law across state lines.