Just a day after R&B singer Cassie filed a lawsuit accusing her former boyfriend Diddy of sexual assault and abuse, the two agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
“I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on the condition that I have some degree of control. I would like to thank my family, fans and advocates for their unwavering support,” the singer, whose legal name is Casandra Ventura, said in a statement.
“We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Much love,” Diddy, whose full name is Sean Combs, said in a separate statement.
In another statement, Ventura’s attorney Douglas Wigdor said, “I am very proud of Ms. Ventura for having the strength to go public with her lawsuit. She deserves praise for that.”
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Ventura accused Combs of years of sex trafficking and sexual assault. Among other things, she accused him of raping her after their separation in 2018.
She also accused him of using explosives to destroy the car of another artist who was a romantic interest in Ventura, forcing her to make pornographic videos and saying he “introduced her to a lifestyle of alcohol and drug abuse and of.” you demand to obtain illegal things.” Recipes to satisfy one’s own addictions.”
Combs “vehemently” denied the allegations.
“Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demands for $30 million over the past six months under threats to write a damaging book about their relationship, which has been clearly dismissed as blatant blackmail. “Although Ms. Ventura has retracted her original threat, she is now filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies aimed at damaging Mr. Combs’ reputation and demanding back pay,” his attorney said Thursday.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.