Sean 'Diddy' Combs And Singer Cassie Settle Lawsuit Alleging Abuse

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and singer Cassie settle lawsuit alleging abuse one day after Cassie sued the powerful music producer.
FILE - In this May 4, 2015 file photo, Cassie, left, and Sean "Diddy" Combs arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" in New York. Forbes recently named him the wealthiest hip-hop artist, and his fragrances, his latest being 3AM, have earned him a couple of FiFi Awards. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)
FILE - In this May 4, 2015 file photo, Cassie, left, and Sean "Diddy" Combs arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" in New York. Forbes recently named him the wealthiest hip-hop artist, and his fragrances, his latest being 3AM, have earned him a couple of FiFi Awards. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit by singer Cassie containing allegations of beatings and abuse by music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs has been settled, the artists announced Friday, one day after the lawsuit was filed.

The settlement was announced in a statement sent by attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura.

The statement said they had reached a deal “to their mutual satisfaction” Friday evening, but no terms of the agreement were disclosed, and no further statements would be issued beyond those made by Ventura, Combs and Wigdor in the email distributed by the lawyer.

In her statement, Ventura said: “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control. I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”

Combs said: “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”

In his statement, Wigdor said: “I am very proud of Ms. Ventura for having the strength to go public with her lawsuit. She ought to be commended for doing so.”

Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. On Thursday, he said Combs “vehemently denies” the allegations.

The lawsuit alleged that Combs brought the singer into his “ostentatious, fast-paced, and drug-fueled lifestyle” soon after she met him and signed to his label in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37.

Ventura, now 37 herself, said Combs, now 54, began a pattern of abuse as soon as their relationship started.

The lawsuit alleged that, “prone to uncontrollable rage,” Combs subjected Ventura to “savage” beatings in which he punched, kicked and stomped her. It alleges he plied her with drugs and forced her to have sex with other men while he masturbated and filmed them.

According to the lawsuit, as Ventura was trying to end the relationship in 2018, Combs forced her into her Los Angeles home and raped her.

The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly as Ventura has.

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