Sexual Misconduct Sean Combs

FILE - Music mogul and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, May 15, 2022. Combs, was accused in a lawsuit Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, of subjecting R&B singer Cassie to abuse in a years-long relationship. Cassie, whose legal Casandra Ventura, alleged in the suit filed against the producer and music mogul in New York federal court. Combs鈥 lawyer denies the allegations.

NEW YORK (AP) 鈥 A lawsuit by singer Cassie containing by music producer Sean 鈥淒iddy鈥 Combs has been settled, the artists announced Friday, one day after the lawsuit was filed.

The settlement was announced in a statement sent by attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura.

The statement said they had reached a deal "to their mutual satisfaction鈥 Friday evening, but no terms of the agreement were disclosed and no further statements would be issued beyond those made by Ventura, Combs and Wigdor in the email distributed by the lawyer.

In her statement, Ventura said: "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.鈥

Combs said: "We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.鈥

Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. On Thursday, he said in a statement that Combs 鈥渧ehemently denies鈥 the allegations.

The lawsuit alleged Combs brought the singer into his 鈥渙stentatious, fast-paced, and drug-fueled lifestyle鈥 soon after she met him and signed to his label in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37.

Ventura, now 37, said Combs, now 54, began a pattern of abuse as soon as their on-and-off relationship began in 2007.

The lawsuit alleged that, 鈥減rone to uncontrollable rage,鈥 Combs subjected Ventura to 鈥渟avage鈥 beatings in which he punched, kicked and stomped her. It alleges he plied her with drugs and forced her to have sex with other men while he masturbated and filmed them.

According to the lawsuit, as Ventura was trying to end the relationship in 2018, Combs forced her into her Los Angeles home and raped her.

The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly as Ventura has.

Combs is among the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the past three decades. The founder of Bad Boy Records and a three-time Grammy winner, he has worked with a slew of top-tier artists including Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.

This year, he released his fifth studio album, 鈥淭he Love Album: Off the Grid,鈥 which earned two Grammy nominations this month. It was

鈥淭he bad boy of entertainment is getting the key to the city from the bad boy of politics!鈥 Mayor Eric Adams said in September as he presented a giant key to Combs in Times Square. Combs was born in New York City and raised in nearby Mount Vernon.

Ventura gained fame with the Ryan Leslie-produced hit single 鈥淢e & U,鈥 which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart in 2006. It was her only studio album. As an actor, she was in several projects including Fox鈥檚 鈥淓mpire,鈥 鈥淪tep Up 2:The Streets鈥 and 鈥淪penser Confidential.鈥

Brafman's statement on Thursday said Ventura had for the past six months persistently demanded $30 million while threatening to write a damaging book about her relationship with Combs. The lawyer said the demands were rejected as 鈥渂latant blackmail.鈥

Ventura withdrew the initial threat before filing a lawsuit "riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs鈥檚 reputation and seeking a payday,鈥 Brafman said.

Wigdor responded Thursday in a statement saying Combs had offered her 鈥渆ight figures to silence her" and prevent the lawsuit from being filed.

"She rejected his efforts and decided to give a voice to all woman who suffer in silence,鈥 Wigdor said.

Wigdor praised his client in a statement included in his email announcing the settlement on Friday.

鈥淚 am very proud of Ms. Ventura for having the strength to go public with her lawsuit. She ought to be commended for doing so," he said.

Associated Press Writer Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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