American singer, Cassie, has accused Sean Diddy Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, of rape and physical assault that spanned over a decade.
Cassie, a former girlfriend of the hip-hop star, alleged that Diddy used his powerful network to keep her trapped in a violent relationship with him.
In the suit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday, November 16, Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, alleges that Combs introduced her “to a lifestyle of excessive alcohol and substance abuse” and forced her to have sex with numerous male prostitutes while he filmed the encounters.
Diddy and Cassie allegedly met when she was 19 and he was 37 in 2005 when the rapper signed the singer to his label, Bad Boy Records.
Cassie said in a statement: “After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships.
“With the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act fast approaching, it became clear that this was an opportunity to speak up about the trauma I have experienced and that I will be recovering from for the rest of my life.”
In response, a lawyer for Combs, Ben Brafman, told The New York Times: “Mr Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. For the past six months, Mr Combs has been subjected to Ms Ventura’s persistent demand of $30m, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.