A lawsuit filed by singer Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, against music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, has been settled amicably. The settlement was reached one day after the lawsuit was filed and was announced through a statement by attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents Cassie.
The statement revealed that both parties had come to an agreement “to their mutual satisfaction” on Friday evening. However, no specific terms of the settlement were disclosed, and it was stated that no further statements would be issued beyond those made by Cassie, Combs, and Wigdor in the email distributed by the lawyer.
In her statement, Cassie expressed her desire to resolve the matter amicably on terms that she could have some control over. She also thanked her family, fans, and lawyers for their unwavering support.
Combs, in his statement, mentioned the amicable resolution and extended his well wishes to Cassie and her family.
Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement on Thursday, Brafman had vehemently denied the allegations on Combs’ behalf.
Cassie’s lawsuit alleged that Combs introduced her to his extravagant and fast-paced lifestyle soon after she signed with his label in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37. According to the lawsuit, Combs began a pattern of abuse when their on-and-off relationship started in 2007.
The lawsuit accused Combs of subjecting Cassie to physical abuse, including punches, kicks, and stomping, during episodes of uncontrollable rage. It also alleged that he provided her with drugs and forced her to engage in sexual acts with other men while filming them.
In 2018, as Cassie was attempting to end the relationship, the lawsuit claimed that Combs forced her into her Los Angeles home and sexually assaulted her.
Combs is a highly influential figure in the hip-hop industry, known for founding Bad Boy Records and working with numerous top-tier artists over the past three decades. His recent studio album, “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” received two Grammy nominations this year, marking his return to music after a 17-year hiatus.
Cassie gained fame with her hit single “Me & U,” produced by Ryan Leslie, which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart in 2006. Although it was her only studio album, she also ventured into acting, appearing in projects such as Fox’s “Empire,” “Step Up 2: The Streets,” and “Spenser Confidential.”
In response to the lawsuit, Brafman had stated on Thursday that Cassie had persistently demanded $30 million over the past six months while threatening to write a damaging book about her relationship with Combs. He characterized these demands as “blatant blackmail.”
Wigdor, Cassie’s attorney, countered by stating that Combs had offered her “eight figures to silence her” and prevent the lawsuit from being filed. He commended Cassie for her strength in going public with her lawsuit and giving a voice to women who suffer in silence.