Cassie also named additional defendants in the suit, who she said helped Combs control
R&B singer Cassie, who was once signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy record label has accused him of rape, and repeated physical abuse over about a decade in a lawsuit filed in federal court.
“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,” Ventura said in a statement.
According to the suit, Combs not only controlled her career but paid for her car, apartment and clothing. He also had access to her personal medical records including an MRI scan she had that went directly to the music producer.
The suit also states the Bad Boy founder provided her with “copious amounts of drugs,” including ecstasy, urging her to take them and he was often violent, beating her “multiple times each year.” The suit adds that Ventura never went to the police fearing it would only give Combs more incentive to hurt her.
Combs’ attorney Ben Brafman denied the allegations in a statement to the Times.
Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for Ventura told the outlet Combs offered the R&B singer eight figures to prevent her from filing of this lawsuit, however she rejected the offer.”
The lawsuit is one of several sexual assault civil suits filed recently against some of the most notable men in the music industry, including Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, music executive and LaFace Records co-founder L.A. Reid and Neil Portnow, who once headed the organization behind the Grammys Awards
Ventura also named additional defendants in the suit, who she said helped Combs control the ‘Long Way 2 Go’ singer by threatening to suppress her music.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Source: Black Enterprise