Inside P. Diddy's Sexual Assault Scandals And Allegations: What To Know

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By Favour Adegoke on May 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM EDT

Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs has been the subject of controversy since his former girlfriend, Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura, filed a scathing sexual assault and rape lawsuit against him in 2023.

In the most recent development, the DOJ is preparing an airtight indictment against him due to the number of accusers that have alleged he sexually and physically assaulted them in recent months.

This follows the release of a  2016 hotel surveillance video showing him kicking and hitting Cassie. As part of investigations about the allegations, Homeland Security raided the Miami and L.A. homes of Diddy in March, where guns were found.

The Grammy award-winning rapper, Diddy, has been accused of various allegations over the years which involve sexual assault and physical violence.

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Cassie Sued Diddy For Sexual Assault

Diddy and Cassie are seen at the Neon Carnival in Coachella

The case that opened the floodgates of lawsuits against Diddy was filed on November 16, 2023, when his ex-girlfriend, Cassie, filed a now-settled sexual assault lawsuit against him.

As reported by The Blast, the "Long Way 2 Go" singer alleged in her filing that she met the music mogul on her 21st birthday in 2007 when he pulled her into a bathroom and kissed her by force, leaving her in tears.

She added in the lawsuit that Diddy forced her into sex trafficking, drugs, and violence for more than ten years, even having her sleep with several male prostitutes while he filmed their sex scenes.

Her allegations caused quite an upheaval, but the exes quickly settled the lawsuit the next day without disclosing any details.

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In a joint statement with Diddy, Cassie said that she "decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control," going on to thank her family, fans, and lawyers for their "unwavering support."

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Other Lawsuits Followed After Cassie's Filing

Sean P. Diddy Combs at the 77th Academy Awards Sunday on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.

Diddy faced several other allegations bordering on sexual assault and violence in the following months after news of his $30 million settlement with Cassie went public.

According to Business Insider, One Joi Dickerson-Neal alleged that Diddy spiked her drink in 1991 after agreeing to go on a date with him. She filed in a lawsuit that he raped her at a close by location and filmed moments of the vile act, which he showed to others "like a trophy."

Another woman filed a lawsuit in December 2023, alleging that Diddy, along with two other men, raped her in 2003. She claimed that she was flown to a New York studio where she was drugged and made to drink, which prevented her from consenting to their sexual advances, resulting in the men taking turns raping her.

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In February 2024, NBC News reported that a former associate of the rapper, Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the rapper, claiming that the music executive paid a monthly stipend to Instagram model Jade Ramey for sex work.

Jones further claimed that Diddy employed City Girls rapper Yung Miami and his ex, Daphne Joy, as sex workers and had payments made by his accountant, Robin Greenhill. Jones also accused the rapper of sexually abusing and assaulting him.

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Homeland Security Raided The Rapper's Homes

Diddy seen as guest at Jimmy Kimmel Show

On the back of the sexual assault allegations, Homeland Security officials raided Diddy's Los Angeles and Miami properties in March as part of ongoing investigations.

According to NBC News, guns were found on site, and authorities seized his phone in Miami just as he was about to fly to the Bahamas. His sons, Justin and Christian "King" Combs, were reportedly handcuffed during the raid at his Los Angeles home.

Diddy's attorney, Aaron Dyer, called the raids a "witch hunt" in a statement released the next day.

"Yesterday, there was a gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed at Mr. Combs' residences," he said. "There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated."

A Video Clip Of Diddy Physically Assaulting Cassie Was Released

On May 17, 2024, CNN released a 2016 hotel surveillance footage showing Diddy kicking and shoving Cassie at the InterContinental Hotel in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The rapper is seen wearing a white towel while running towards Cassie to violently attack her as she stands in front of an elevator. He then grabs her and aggressively drags her across the floor after beating her.

Cassie lay motionless throughout the entire ordeal, barely reacting to the music executive's violent assault. The video sparked widespread condemnation from fans and celebrities alike, with Diddy subsequently releasing an apology video.

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Diddy Releases A Video Addressing The Assault Video

On May 19, 2024, after the gruesome footage drew widespread criticism, Diddy released a video in which he apologized for his actions.

In his apology, the "We Ain't Goin' Nowhere" crooner said his actions were "inexcusable" and that he took "full responsibility" for them.

Diddy added, "I went, and I sought out professional help. Had to go into therapy. Had to go into rehab. Had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I'm so sorry. But I'm committed to [being] a better man each and every day. And I'm not asking for forgiveness. I'm truly sorry."

His apology drew widespread condemnation, with many claiming that the rapper is only sorry that he got caught. One of Cassie's lawyers also slammed Diddy's apology, noting that he had previously denied any wrongdoing.

Cassie Speaks Out About The Assault Video

A close-up of singer Cassie.

On May 23, 2024, Cassie finally broke her silence on the gruesome video of her ex-boyfriend physically assaulting her. The singer took to social media to thank people for the love and support she's received while noting that the scars from the past incident are still with her.

She wrote, "Thank you for all of the love and support from my family, friends, strangers and those I have yet to meet. The outpouring of love has created a place for my younger self to settle and feel safe now, but this is only the beginning. Domestic Violence is THE issue."

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Cassie's statement about Diddy
Instagram | Cassie

Cassie continued, "It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become. With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but I will always be recovering from my past. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to take this matter seriously. My only ask is that EVERYONE open your heart to believing victims the first time. It takes a lot of heart to tell the truth out of a situation that you were powerless in."

Concluding her post, the 37-year-old singer said, "I offer my hand to those that are still living in fear. Reach out to your people, don't cut them off. No one should carry this weight alone. This healing journey is never-ending, but this support means everything to me. Thank you. Love Always, Cassie."

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Diddy Suffers Business Setbacks

Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

Diddy has suffered some major setbacks since the video of his assault on Cassie went viral. On May 20, 2024, it was revealed that New York-based exercise equipment and media company Peloton had severed ties with the hip-hop icon.

Peloton announced its intention to drop Diddy's music in a statement shared on a private member's Facebook page after a concerned user suggested that the company's "next purge needs to be all Diddy classes."

"We take this issue very seriously and can confirm Peloton has paused the use of Sean Combs' music, as well as removed the Bad Boy Entertainment Artist Series, on our platform," Peloton's statement read, per Radar Online.

The statement continued, "This means our instructors are no longer using his music in any newly produced classes. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns, and thank you for being a member of our Peloton community."

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs shows love to Hollywood Tourists as he films scenes for hosting and producing the upcoming Billboard Awards

On May 27, 2024, it was revealed that leading American eyewear retailer America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses had severed ties with Diddy by removing his frames from shelves at their stores.

TMZ reported that stores were notified to pause sales of the Sean John frames and take them off the rack while awaiting further instructions. The stores were ordered to replace the embattled rapper's glasses with other frames from understock at a reasonable price.

While no reason was given for the company's decision to pull Didd's eyewear, a source told the news outlet that the retail company "began pulling the frames online last month and did the same earlier this week in brick-and-mortar stores."

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The DOJ Is Going After Diddy

Diddy Leaving The Corinthia Hotel

On May 29, 2024, it was revealed that the Department of Justice is gearing up to launch an indictment against the "Bad Boy for Life" rapper due to the number of sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against him.

According to the DailyMail, a grand jury that'll hear the evidence authorities have against him in a federal probe has already been selected, and his accusers have been told they may be called upon to testify.

Diddy has been named in eight sexual lawsuits in recent months, and Homeland Security investigators are reportedly still gathering evidence as they want their case against the music mogul to be "bulletproof."

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