Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie, his former longtime partner, have reached an amicable settlement just one day after Cassie filed a lawsuit accusing the hip-hop mogul of years of repeated rape and physical abuse. In a joint statement, Combs expressed well-wishes for Cassie and her family, emphasizing a resolution to the matter.
Combs’ lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, clarified that the decision to settle does not imply an admission of wrongdoing. Brafman stated, “Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
Cassie also released a statement, expressing her decision to resolve the matter amicably and thanking her family, fans, and lawyers for their unwavering support.
The lawsuit, filed in a New York federal court, detailed allegations of a cycle of abuse, violence, and sex trafficking, with claims of physical assault by Combs. The complaint included multiple incidents of alleged punching, beating, kicking, and stomping. Various claims, including sex trafficking, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination, were made, naming Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Sony’s Epic Records in the suit.
After the lawsuit was filed, Brafman denied the allegations, asserting that Combs was a victim of extortion attempts. He stated, “Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship.” Douglas Wigdor, Cassie’s lawyer, countered by claiming that Combs had offered eight figures to silence her, but she chose to bring attention to the issue.
The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.