Cassandra “Cassie” Ventura and Sean “Diddy” Combs have reached a settlement one day after the singer filed civil lawsuit against the famed music mogul. The bombshell lawsuit accused the chart-topping producer of sexual assault, sex trafficking and rape among other crimes. The terms of the lawsuit were not disclosed to the press.
“This evening, Ms. Ventura and Mr. Combs resolved the claims that she filed against him yesterday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to their mutual satisfaction,” a statement from Ventura’s attorney reads, according to ABC News.
“I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control. I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support,” Ventura added in a separate statement.
Despite the allegations levied against him in the lawsuit, Combs and his attorney, Ben Brafman, maintain his innocence.
“We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love,” Combs stated, according to ABC News.
“Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs‘ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
News of the civil lawsuit emerged on Thursday by way of a report from the New York Times. According to the lawsuit, Combs began interacting with Ventura in the mid-200s when she signed to Ryan Leslie’s NextSelection Lifestyle Group before moving to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. In doing so, Ventura claims Combs “lured [her] into an ostentatious, fast-paced, and drug-fueled lifestyle, and into a romantic relationship with him — her boss, one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, and a vicious, cruel, and controlling man nearly two decades her senior.”