- Bad Boy Founder allegedly controlled and abused Cassie for over a decade
- Cassie and Diddy met in 2005 when she was 19, before splitting in 2018
- Diddy has vehemently denied all of the ‘offensive and outrageous allegations’
Sean ‘Diddy‘ Combs once forced his ex-girlfriend Cassie to shave her head, according to his friend and collaborator, Yung Joc, who made the claims in a newly-resurfaced clip from last year.
Diddy, 54, is the subject of a lawsuit, in which Cassie, 37, claims he controlled and abused her for over a decade, plied her with drugs, beat her, and forced her to have sex with male prostitutes while he watched, masturbated and recorded.
After news broke that the singer had filed the case against her ex in Manhattan’s Federal District Court on Thursday, Yung Joc’s claim about the way she was urged to change her look by the music mogul went viral on social media.
The 43-year-old rapper – real name Jasiel Amon Robinson – explained how he had witnessed the moment Diddy was inspired after seeing a woman’s half-shaven head in a club in 2009, before ordering Cassie to emulate the style.
‘I was watching Puff, he saw this white woman… Puff jumped up,’ he recalled to Vlad TV last year. ‘Me and Cassie sitting next to each other, my wife right here, Cassie right here.
‘The n***a jumped off the bar, came over here and said, “Yo, yo Cassie. Tomorrow, I want you to shave the side of your head”.’
The Stuntin’ Is A Habit hitmaker recalled his immediate confusion about his friend’s request, adding: ‘I was like, “What the f**k kinda request is that?” So, when I looked up there, this white woman had the side of her head shaved and the b***h looked good with it.
‘So I look at Cass, and I said, “Cass, you not ’bout to do that, are you?”
The Me & U remix rapper, who has frequently collaborated with Diddy, then described Cassie’s alleged meek response: ‘She said, “Well, whatever Sean wants, I’m gonna do it”.
‘I said you make sure you send me a picture before you do that s**t. So then within two or three days, she sent me a picture and it’s like, “She done shaved her motherf*****g head.”‘
He added: ‘I’m like, “That s**t look good”. When that s**t hit the internet, boom. She started a whole trend, and I watched it happen.’
Indeed, the hairstyle became the star’s signature look for many years and it was soon sported by the likes of Rihanna and other stars in the industry.
When Cassie was asked about the inspiration for her look in 2013, she claimed that she had simply ‘wanted to try something different’.
She told Vibe magazine: ‘I actually didn’t have the intentions of shaving so much hair but, when I went there, I wanted to go all the way and kind of land in punk.
‘The next day, I woke up and I was like, “OMG, what did I do?!” But slowly over the next few weeks got more comfortable in it. Your hair doesn’t define you. Wear your hair how you feel.’
Elsewhere, Diddy is now believed to be back in the States, amid reports he is being investigated by the New York City Police Department.
The music mogul has been accused of trafficking Cassie, to male prostitutes with ‘large black penises’ to fulfil his voyeurism fantasies.
The pair met in 2005 when she was 19 and split in 2018.
He called the alleged sexual exploitation ‘freak outs’, according to the lawsuit. These reportedly took place in various hotel suites, including the Trump International Hotel in New York City, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, The London Hotel in Los Angeles and InterContinental Hotels across the country.
Cassie was allegedly required to dress up in lingerie, wear white nail polish to contrast with the skin of the black sex workers and cover herself in oil. She described the ordeals as ‘horrific encounters’ and said she had to take drugs to disassociate.
The lawsuit states that the music executive, who she first met as a teenager, told her it would ‘turn him on’ if he saw her with ‘another d***’.
He allegedly hired a man and brought him to his home in Los Angeles to engage in the sex acts with Cassie.
‘Mr. Combs directed Ms. Ventura to perform sexual acts with this man while Mr. Combs watched them,’ the lawsuit states.
‘He masturbated while he directed Ms. Ventura and the man to do specific sexual acts. The entire encounter lasted multiple days.’
She claimed Diddy got drunk during a ‘freak off’ around March 2016 and punched her in the face, leaving her with a black eye.
Cassie said she tried to leave the hotel room when he fell asleep but he woke up and began screaming at her. He allegedly grabbed at her, took the glass vases in the hallway and threw them at her ‘causing glass to crash around them as she ran to the elevator to escape’.
She managed to flee to her apartment, but claimed she returned over fears he would be even angrier.
‘When she returned, hotel security staff urged her to get back into a cab and go to her apartment, suggesting that they had seen the security footage showing Mr. Combs beating Ms. Ventura and throwing glass at her in the hotel hallway,’ the lawsuit states.
She alleged that Diddy paid the hotel staff $50,000 for the hallway security footage from that evening.
On another occasion in 2013, Diddy allegedly set up a ‘freak off’ and was charged tens of thousands of dollars in damages by the hotel.
Cassie was expected to facilitate the location and hiring of male sex workers for the ‘freak offs’, according to the lawsuit.
It alleged that Diddy would insist on the encounters weekly and that he repeatedly told her it was ‘our thing’ and ‘our secret’.
The lawsuit states: ‘Mr. Combs always supplied Ms. Ventura (and the sex worker) with copious amounts of drugs before and during the FOs.
‘Ms. Ventura was given ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and alcohol in excessive amounts during FOs, which allowed her to disassociate during these horrific encounters.
‘It became common place to get IV fluids in the days after an FO to recover from the excessive substances pushed upon her.’
She claimed Diddy would ask her to pour excessive amounts of oil over herself before he instructed her and the sex workers what to do.
‘Mr. Combs would say things like, “grab that big Black d***” and ask her “how does it feel?” as he directed her to perform for him,’ the lawsuit states.
Diddy allegedly used his phone, laptop and tablet to film the ‘freak offs’ and treated it like a ‘personal art project’, even adjusting the lighting.
Cassie said she deleted photographs and videos of the sex acts if they were taken on her phone but claimed Diddy told her he kept many.
The lawsuit claims that he raped her in September 2018, forcing his way into her apartment after a dinner in Malibu, California.
He allegedly tried to kiss her before forcibly removing her clothes and unbuckling his belt.
‘He proceeded to rape Ms. Ventura while she repeatedly said “no” and tried to push him away,’ the lawsuit claims.
Following this alleged incident, Cassie said she took steps to completely separate herself from ‘her long-time abuser’.
She eventually left the home he paid for and returned the car he purchased for her.
But Cassie said she suffers from emotional distress from the ‘immense trauma endured over a decade with Mr Combs’.
Cassie said that although she has ‘fully escaped’ Diddy the ‘harm that the assaults and sexual abuse he caused her to experience for nearly a decade will forever haunt her’.
The lawsuit claimed she has required intensive medical and psychological care to recover from the ‘trauma she lived through’.
She is seeking unspecified damages. The lawsuit is brought under the Adult Survivors Act – which is a New York law allowing people to file claims even after the statute of limitations has run out.
The suit said: ‘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.’
Ben Brafman, Diddy’s lawyer, said: ‘Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.
‘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.
‘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.’
But her attorney Wigdor told DailyMail.com: ‘Mr. Combs offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit. She rejected his efforts and decided to give a voice to all woman who suffer in silence. Ms. Ventura should be applauded for her bravery.’
Diddy, who also goes by the stage name Puff Daddy, is worth an estimated $1 billion after being one of the star figures in the commercialization of hip-hop in the 1990s.
He grew to be one of his generation’s most notable music producers – working with names such as Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige.
Diddy founded Bad Boy – his record label – which Cassie was signed to in 2006.
Cassie has since married Alex Fine, with whom she has two children.
DailyMail.com has contacted Diddy, Trump Hotels, the London Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for comment.