Rape allegations: US rapper Sean Combs and Cassie agree to a settlement

Rape allegations: US rapper Sean Combs and Cassie agree to a settlement

US singer Cassie accuses her ex-partner Sean Combs of violence and rape, among other things. The US rapper rejects the allegations. Now there is apparently an agreement in the dispute.

US rapper Sean Combs (54) and his ex-girlfriend, the singer Cassie, have agreed on a settlement. Just one day after Cassie (37) filed the civil lawsuit for rape, abuse and assault in a federal court in New York, both parties announced on Friday evening (local time), according to media reports, that they had reached an amicable agreement to settle the case. However, they did not disclose details of the terms of the settlement. Combs had previously denied the allegations through his attorney.

Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, said in a statement that she had decided to resolve this matter amicably “on terms that allow me a degree of control.” She would like to thank her family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support. Combs shared, “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family nothing but the best. With love.”

Combs is thus spared a potentially long, unpleasant trial involving the publication of a great deal of evidence. Ventura, whose allegations are now public, avoided cross-examination by Combs’ lawyers.

Combs denies allegations

The plaintiff had accused Combs of, among other things, sexual abuse, rape, intimidation and physical violence during their years-long relationship. Numerous serious allegations were made in the 35-page indictment. “After years of silence and darkness, I’m finally ready to tell my story,” says a statement from the plaintiff, which is available to the German Press Agency. She wants to talk about the trauma she experienced, also in order to help other victims of violence and abuse in relationships.

Combs strongly denies these “disgusting and outrageous” allegations, said his attorney, Ben Brafman. Ventura threatened to write a book about their relationship and demanded $30 million from Combs. The rapper rejected this as “obvious blackmail,” writes Brafman. Ventura’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, responded in a statement that Combs offered the singer money to avoid the lawsuit. Ventura rejected this.

Drugs, violence and abuse

According to the lawsuit, Ventura met the then 37-year-old musician in 2005 when she was 19. Combs signed her to his label Bad Boy Records. During their long-term relationship, which ended in 2018, he controlled her with, among other things, drugs, abuse and threats of violence. As part of its lawsuit, Ventura is seeking undisclosed compensation.

Rapper Combs (“Bad Boy for Life”, “I’ll Be Missing You”), who also works as a record producer, actor and businessman, is one of the most successful representatives of the hip-hop industry. At the MTV Video Music Awards in September, Combs was honored with the Global Icon Award for his pioneering and influential career.

Source: Stern

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