American hip-hop star Sean Combs – aka Puff Daddy or Diddy on stage – was the target of a complaint of rape and physical violence by his former partner, the singer Cassie, on Thursday, November 16.
The complaint accuses Sean Combs of turning the life of the 37-year-old R’n’B singer, dancer and model – real name Casandra Ventura – into a nightmare. She describes violence “sexual” And “psychological” And “deviant behavior” spanning more than a decade, between 2005 and 2018.
This is evident from a thirty-five-page legal document, which was made public on Thursday by the American legal system and revealed for the first time by the American justice system. New York Times, “Mr. Combs raped Mr.me Ventura at home after trying to leave him » in 2018. Sean Combs, 54, additionally “often punched, kicked, punched and stomped, resulting in bruises, chapped lips, black eyes and bleeding”describes this civil complaint filed with the federal prosecutor’s office in Manhattan, New York.
This legal action is made possible thanks to a law in New York State that, since November 2022, but only for one year, has allowed victims of sexual violence to file a civil complaint for prescribed facts. M’s complaintme Ventura also targets the companies and labels of his former companion, musician and rap producer: Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records, Epic Records, Combs Enterprises and Doe Corporations 1-10.
“A cycle of abuse, violence and sex trafficking”
American justice – which rejected the testimony against Mme Ventura, who met Mr. Combs in 2005 when she was 19 and he was 37, accuses the rap star of “aggressive behavior” And “different requirements” during the day “more than a decade”.
“After years of silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story and speak out on my behalf and in the interests of all other women who experience violence and abuse” in their relationship, Cassie wrote in a press release from her attorney Douglas Wigdor. This tenor of the New York bar estimated that“No human being should have to endure what Mme Ventura has endured » by his “aggressor”. According to his complaint, the victim “lived a ‘dark period’, trapped by Mr. Combs in a cycle of abuse, violence and sex trafficking”.
The complaint describes a violent man, who even forces the victim to have filmed sex with male prostitutes. Mme Ventura “cannot continue to live in silence after what she has endured”further underlines the legal document.
The prosecutor further accuses “Mr. Combs [d’être] remained extremely powerful and dangerous”. And “Mme Ventura seeks justice for the decade of his life that Mr. Combs took from him through threats of violence, drug addiction, physical and psychological abuse, and sexual slavery.”.
Rapper’s lawyer ‘vehemently’ denies the allegations
Mr. Combs’ New York attorney, Ben Brafman, “intense” denied these allegations, which he described in a statement to Agence France-Presse as“offensive and scandalous”.
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Sean Combs, 54, founded his company Bad Boy in 1993, during a decade of glory for this major figure in the marketing and media coverage of the hip-hop scene. Puff Daddy’s disciples include Notorious BIG, who died in 1997, and Mary J. Blige. Sean Combs is also part of the club of hip-hop billionaires thanks to his activities in the alcohol industry.
For Casandra Ventura it is ” was clear that with the very impending expiration date [fin novembre] of New York law [sur la protection des victimes de violences sexuelles], “I have had the opportunity to speak loud and clear about the trauma I have suffered and will recover from for as long as I have to live.”.