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Cassie’s Lawyer Responds to Diddy’ Apology After 2016 Assault Video Leak

After Sean “Diddy” Combs apologized for a leaked 2016 video of him assaulting Cassie, her lawyer weighed in on his statement.

Music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has admitted to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, singer Cassie (Casandra Ventura), in a video statement shared via his Instagram account. This admission comes two days after CNN published CCTV footage of the assault that took place in a Los Angeles hallway in March 2016.

In the video shared with his 20 million Instagram followers, Diddy, 54, reflected on his past behavior. “It’s so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life, but sometimes you gotta do that. I was f-cked up. I hit rock bottom, but I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I’m disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it, and I’m disgusted now.”

He continued, “I went and I sought out professional help. I had to go into therapy, rehab. Had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I’m so sorry. But I’m committed to be a better man each and every day. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I’m truly sorry.” The post was captioned, “I’m truly sorry.”

The CCTV footage shows Combs running down a hotel corridor wearing only a white towel and assaulting Ventura, who was waiting for an elevator, seemingly trying to leave. He can be seen throwing her to the floor and kicking her.

In March, Homeland Security raided Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami as part of an investigation into allegations of physical and sexual violence. In November 2023, Ventura, 37, filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, alleging that Combs had physically and sexually abused her for years during their relationship. Ventura filed the lawsuit under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which allows accusers to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations has passed.

According to court documents, the abuse began shortly after Combs and Ventura met in 2005, when she was 19 and he was 37. The two had an on-off relationship from 2007 until about 2018. The CCTV footage released by CNN closely resembles the description of an incident at a hotel in Los Angeles described in Ventura’s lawsuit.

Ventura and Combs reached a settlement one day after she filed the lawsuit. In a statement distributed by her attorney Douglas Wigdor, Ventura said, “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 also confirmed the settlement in a statement: “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”

In an additional statement emailed to TIME, Combs’ lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, clarified, “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.”

Following Diddy’ Instagram apology, Cassie’s lawyer, Meredith Firetog, responded to his statement. “Combs’ most recent statement is more about himself,” Firetog told CNN, “than the many people he has hurt.” She added, “No one will be swayed by his disingenuous words.”

Combs made his comments two days after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office stated in response to the leaked video that “if the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted.”

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