Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and his ex-girlfriend, R&B vocalist Cassandra Ventura, settled their lawsuit Friday accusing the rapper of serial physical abuse, sexual slavery and rape, according to Ventura’s lawyers.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In a joint written statement with Combs, Ventura said he had “decided to resolve this matter amicably under terms over which I have some control.”
“We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family the best,” Combs wrote.
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Ventura, who performs under the stage name Cassie, filed the lawsuit in federal court on Thursday. In it, she accused Combs of forcing her into sexual activity.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also accused Combs of regularly beating Ventura throughout their 10-year professional and romantic relationship and of controlling her by intimidating her and luring her with drugs and alcohol.
Ventura, 37, claimed Combs raped her in 2018 when she floated the idea of breaking up with him near the end of their relationship.
Combs has vehemently denied all allegations.
Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, said Ventura filed a lawsuit “full of baseless and outrageous lies” after a failed attempt to blackmail Combs into paying him $30 million by threatening to write a damaging book about their relationship.
Combs, 54, founder of Bad Boy Records, is one of hip-hop’s most influential producers and managers, as well as the impresario of his own Sean John clothing line.
According to the lawsuit, Ventura met Combs in late 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37, signed a 10-album recording deal with Bad Boy Records within months, and began a romantic relationship with her a few years later.
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