Sean Combs and Cassie reached a settlement in the singer’s lawsuit against Combs, in which she accused him of rape, sex trafficking and physical abuse.
In statements obtained by rolling stone, both parties said they had reached a resolution in the matter; the settlement amount was not disclosed. “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably provided that I have some level of control,” said Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura. “I want to thank my family, fans and attorneys for their continued support.”
In a separate statement, Combs wrote: “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”
On Saturday, Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement. “To be clear, the decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit in no way calls into question his categorical denial of the claims. He is pleased that they have reached a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best,” Brafman said in a statement to rolling stone.
Ventura’s lawyer, Douglas Widor, “congratulated” his client “for having the strength to make her trial public.”
The singer filed the suit Thursday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Combs’ label, Bad Boy Entertainment, as well as Epic Records, Combs Enterprises LLC and others were listed as co-defendants. Ventura was an employee of these companies from 2006 to 2019.
In the lawsuit, Ventura claimed the abuse began in 2005, when Combs allegedly began giving Ventura, then 19, alcohol and drugs. She also accused Combs of beating her and forcing her to have sex with prostitutes, whom she claimed he filmed. Ventura also alleged that Combs raped her after forcing his way into her home in 2018.
Following news of the lawsuit, Aubrey O’Day – the former lead singer of girl group Danity Kane who was signed to Bad Boy Records by Combs – showed her support for the singer. “I’ve been trying to tell you this for years. Pray for this queen 🙌🏼 @cassie,” she wrote on Instagram Stories.
This article was updated on November 18 at 4:23 p.m. to include a statement from Sean Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman..
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