Cassie’s husband, Alex Fine, supported her via social media just hours after news broke that the model, 37, accused Sean “Diddy” Combs, 54, of raping and physically abusing her for years, according to an explosive lawsuit she filed Thursday.
The personal trainer, 30, subtly shared a photo from the couple’s wedding day via Instagram Story, simply adding a red heart emoji. The sweet snapshot, which was deleted soon after, appeared to be a repost from a past Instagram collage from his account in August 2022.
As The Post previously reported, Cassie claims that Diddy trafficked, raped and beat her starting in 2005 until 2018.
“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, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, said in a statement via her attorneys at Wigdor LLP.
The R&B singer alleges that their on-and-off-again relationship began in 2005 when she was 19 and Combs was 37. He allegedly introduced her to opiates in 2008 in an attempt to keep her compliant and he would “frequently” and “savagely” beat her multiple times through the years.
Additionally, the rapper would allegedly force Ventura to engage in drugged-fueled sex acts with sex workers. He would call the arrangements a “Freak Off”; he would also allegedly film and direct them and masturbate.
“Ms. Ventura was repulsed by Mr. Combs’s demands, but between the physical beating and recognizing his incredible power and incredible temper, Ms. Ventura became petrified of her partner and boss, and felt that she could not say no,” her filing states.
In one particular incident, Ventura claims that Combs became “enraged” when she spoke with another music manager at an LA party in 2009. Combs then allegedly pushed her out of the club and into a vehicle where he stomped on her face until she was left bleeding. After the alleged incident, the rapper kept her in a hotel for a week as she recovered from her injury and didn’t allow her to visit her mother until she was better.
Two years later in 2011, Ventura claims that Combs became “so angry” when he found out she briefly dated Kid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, at a time when Ventura and Combs weren’t together.
In response, Combs allegedly beat her and, several months later, he allegedly threatened to blow up Kid Audi’s car.
“Around that time, Kid Cudi’s car exploded in his driveway,” the court documents read. Cudi’s spokesperson told The New York Times that Ventura’s account was “all true.”
In 2015, Ventura also alleged that Combs forced her to leave her 29th birthday party to go to a “Freak Out” at a nearby hotel. When she broke up with him in 2018 over dinner, he allegedly pushed his way into her home and raped her, the lawsuit states.
Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, said his client “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.” He also claims that Ventura had been demanding $30 million from Combs for the last six months “under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.”
He said in a statement to Page Six: “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.”
In December 2015, rumors surfaced that the exes split after Ventura posted a photo of a sleeping baby meme on Instagram that read, “How I sleep … knowing that I’m single and nobody cheating on me.” She quickly deleted the post. However, Us Weekly reported in August 2016 that they were still together.
Two years later, it was revealed that the two split for good. “They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months,” Cassie’s rep said in a statement to LoveBScott at the time.
Ventura would go on to meet Fine in 2018. They married in Malibu in September 2019 and are parents of daughters Frankie, 3, and Sunny, 2.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-330-0226.
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