Singer Casandra Ventura has accused rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs of rape and sex trafficking.
His ex-girlfriend said in a complaint that she was ensnared in a violent and abusive cycle for ten years.
Combs, who has previously performed under the stage name Puff Daddy, disputes the claims and charges by the singer with attempting to blackmail him. The statements were deemed “offensive and outrageous” by his attorney.
Rap producer Ventura, an R&B singer and dancer who goes by Cassie, claims she was raped and beaten for ten years, beginning when she was 19 and he was 37. “After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story,” she said in a statement on Thursday.
The singer is described as a “serial domestic abuser, who would regularly beat and kick Ventura, leaving black eyes, bruises, and blood” in the lawsuit.
Ventura declared in her statement that she was prepared “to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships.”
Combs’s attorney informed BBC News that Ventura had made the demand “under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship” and had sought $30 million. According to Benjamin Brafman, his attorney, the purported demand “was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail”.
Attorney Doug Wigdor for Ventura said that Combs had made her an offer to pay “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.”
The music mogul allegedly warned her he intended to “blow up” musician Kid Cudi’s automobile, according to her complaint. The lawsuit said that Combs had grown envious that Ventura was seeing the rapper.