Within one day of hip-hop megastar Diddy's ex-girlfriend filing a rape and abuse civil lawsuit against him, the two reached a settlement on undisclosed terms.
Singer Cassie Ventura, who was signed to Diddy's record label in 2005 before they started dating, accused Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, of savagely beating her in front of staff and of raping her in 2018 when she tried to leave him.
The two did break up in 2018, and Ventura married her personal trainer Alex Fine in 2019, according to Business Insider.
Although it has been years since their relationship ended, Ventura decided to file the suit against Combs before the New York's Adult Survivors Act expires at the end of this year.
"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," Ventura said in a statement as the suit was filed.
Combs denied all of Ventura's allegations, and the settlement did not require him to admit to any wrongdoing.
"Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations," lawyer Ben Brafman said in a statement. "For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura's persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail. Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs's reputation and seeking a payday."
It does appear that Ventura will get her payday, although it is unclear how much she will get.
Ventura said about her decision, “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.”
Combs similarly said the two had “decided to resolve this matter amicably,” adding that he wished her and her family “all the best.”
Was Ventura only looking for a payday? It seems as though she wouldn't have bothered with 35 pages of detailed accusations against Combs if she just wanted money from him.
On the other hand, she settled very quickly and will not now get a chance to share her story with the public in a courtroom.
Still, she did get the word out through the lawsuit about what she alleges he did, and there's no telling what the courts would do with the case or whether she would get a favorable outcome that way.
It seems that both sides decided they preferred to have the matter over with so everyone can get on with their lives.