Yesterday it was revealed that Sean Diddy Combs had been sued for rape and abuse by his longtime girlfriend, Cassie.
Tonight the New York Times says the lawsuit has been settled. No one knows how many millions are involved, but damage is done to Combs. The rapper, who’s been at the center of other violent crimes, has lately changed his name to Love. But the Love may be over when it comes to brands he endorses.
Cassandra Ventura’s lawsuit will never go away. She accused the one time Puff Daddy of assaulting her numerous times, leaving her bloodied and bruised. Ventura claimed Combs’ employees sometimes took her to hotel rooms for days to recover out of the public eye.
Even worse: Ventura said that for years Combs watched and masturbated while she was forced to participate in sexual encounters with a succession of male prostitutes. She said he made videos. Diddy aka Love called these events “freak offs.” He paid for everything and controlled all aspects of her life, Cassie said in the lawsuit. She says she never told the police because she feared it “would merely give Mr. Combs another excuse to hurt her.”
So the lawsuit won’t go to trial, but the stink of it will last forever. Combs will never be able to be interviewed again with this coming up.
It’s instructive to remember this is the same Sean Combs who beat an assault rap for smashing a Champagne bottle over the head of a record industry rival, Steve Stoute, back in 1999. Combs pleaded guilty to second degree assailt/ This is also the same Combs who escaped charges from a shooting incident in a nightclub that culminated in his getaway with singer Jennifer Lopez. Combs was arrested for weapons violations and other charges. At trial, using expensive lawyers, he was found not guilty. A buddy who was on the scene with him, Jamal Michael Barrow, took the fall and went to jail for 9 years.
And those are just a few of his legal incidents.
This summer Combs released his first album in 16 years, called “The Love Album: Off the Grid” and it flopped.
With this settlement, Combs may be finished as an entrepreneur with brands like RevoltTV and Ciroc Vodka.
The lawsuit may be settled, but this isn’t over by a long shot.