P Diddy settles lawsuit after singer Cassie accused him of abuse

Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and singer Cassie have settled a lawsuit accusing him of abuse – one day after she sued the powerful music producer.

The R&B singer – real name Casandra Ventura – alleged she was trafficked, raped, plied with drugs and viciously beaten by the rapper on many occasions over the course of 10 years.

Cassie Ventura and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs pictured together in 2015

In a statement, a lawyer for Combs, 54, had said he “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations”.

The settlement was announced in a release sent by lawyer Douglas Wigdor, who represents Ventura.

The release said they had reached a deal to their “mutual satisfaction” on Friday evening, but no terms of the agreement were disclosed.

Both Ventura and Combs released statements.

Ventura said in her statement: “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.”

Her lawyer, Mr Wigdor, said in his statement: “I am very proud of Ms Ventura for having the strength to go public with her lawsuit. She ought to be commended for doing so.”

Combs said in his statement: “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”

Combs, among the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the past 30 years, began dating Ventura in 2007 and had an on-and-off relationship for more than a decade.

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