Danity Kane Members Speak Out in Support of Cassie Following Her Lawsuit Against Diddy
The woman group — which included, at varied occasions, Aubrey O’Day, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett, Dawn Richard, Aundrea Fimbres and Shannon Bex — was shaped on Diddy’s iteration of Making the Band in 2005 and later signed to the rapper and producer’s Bad Boy Records.
O’Day shared her ideas in an announcement to ET, saying, “I am in full support of Cassie. It isn’t easy to take on one of the most powerful people in this industry and be honest about your experience with them. I know what her heart is feeling right now, because I have done so as well. May her voice bring all the others to the table, so we can start having more transparent conversations about what is actually happening behind the scenes. There is a lot more to all of our stories!”
She additionally posted concerning the lawsuit a number of occasions on her Instagram Stories, writing, “Been trynna tell y’all for years” in response to Cassie’s allegations.
One of O’Day’s tales additionally included a screenshot of a prolonged cellphone name with D. Woods, who additionally posted to her personal Instagram web page in help of Cassie.
“Self worth, peace of mind and the right to speak your TRUTH,” she wrote. “Cassie you are incredibly brave to shine light on what you endured in the dark. I’m sorry you had to go through it alone. I’m praying for your continued strength and I offer my full support to you.”
According to authorized paperwork obtained by ET, Cassie filed a lawsuit in opposition to Diddy on Thursday, alleging that he started a sample of management and abuse inside a number of years of signing her to his Bad Boy data label. She claims Diddy “lured” her “into an “ostentatious, fast-paced, and drug-fueled way of life, and right into a romantic relationship with him — her boss, probably the most highly effective males within the leisure trade, and a vicious, merciless, and controlling man almost twenty years her senior.”
She claims Diddy’s control over her included him introducing her “to a life-style of extreme alcohol and substance abuse and required her to acquire illicit prescriptions to fulfill his personal addictions.” The numerous allegations made in the 35-page lawsuit include claims that Diddy would often punch, beat, kick and stomp on her, resulting in bruises, burst lips, black eyes and bleeding.
The R&B singer “was held down by Mr. Combs and endured over a decade of his violent habits and disturbed the calls for,” the court documents state, in which she also claims she was “trapped” by his “cycle of abuse, violence, and intercourse trafficking.”
Cassie went public with her relationship with Diddy in 2012, though they were romantically linked as far back as 2007. In 2008, they collaborated on his song, “Swagga Like Puff,” and in 2009, they worked together on her song, “Must Be Love.” They split in October 2018 — and Cassie claims in court documents that shortly before their breakup, Diddy forced his way into her home “and raped her whereas she repeatedly mentioned ‘no’ and tried to push him away.'”
In a statement to ET, Diddy’s attorney, Ben Brafman, said his client “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”
“For the previous 6 months, Mr. Combs, has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, below the specter of writing a dangerous e-book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail,” Brafman continued. “Despite withdrawing her preliminary risk, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to submitting a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’ repute and searching for a pay day.”
Cassie married actor and trainer Alex Fine in 2019, and the couple shares two daughters, Frankie, 3, and Sunny, 2. Fine also showed some love for his wife amid her lawsuit, sharing a photo of the pair to his Instagram Story with a simple red heart.
If you or somebody you recognize is experiencing home violence, name the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential.