Cassie – Sean “Diddy” Combs (Getty)
*Janet Jackson and Naomi Campbell have scrubbed images of their pal Sean “Diddy” Combs’ on Instagram after his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura hit him with a pearl-clutching sexual assault lawsuit.
As Page Six reports, Jackson and Campbell shared photos online of them partying with Diddy in London last week as part of his 54th birthday celebration. But after the music mogul was accused of raping Cassie for years, Jackson and Campbell removed their posts.
Ventura filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, accusing Combs of rape, physical abuse and sex trafficking. A settlement was reached a day after Ventura accused Diddy raping and abusing her for years.
Details of the settlement have not been reached. We reportedly previously via CNN that “Ventura’s lawyer said Combs offered her “eight figures” — or between $10 million and $99.9 million — to keep her from filing her lawsuit,” the outlet writes.
“We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love,” Combs said in a statement Friday.
(L to R) Janet Jackson, Sean Combs aka Diddy and Naomi Campbell attend the celebration for Diddy’s birthday and new album launch at LAVO on November 9, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for TAO Group Hospitality)
Ventura also released a statement obtained by CNN.
“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,” Cassie said in a statement Thursday, USA Today reports.
“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,” she added.
Diddy’s attorney, Ben Brafman, said Diddy “vehemently denies” Cassie’s allegation.
“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,” the statement read, per USA Today.
“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’ reputation and seeking a pay day.”
Brafman also stated: “Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
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