P. Diddy and Cassie Ventura video: Reddit passes guilty verdict

Music mogul faces criticism online, after surveillance video surfaces of altercation with ex-girlfriend from 2016.

Pop Culture & Art May 20, 2024
Sean "Diddy" Combs (Courtesy: CTV News)

P. Diddy, also known as Sean Combs, finds himself in the eye of a storm after a surveillance video emerged showing him engaged in a violent altercation with his ex-girlfriend. The incident, which took place in 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, mirrors allegations made in a federal lawsuit filed by the ex-girlfriend, which has since been settled.

The video, released by CNN, depicts Combs grabbing, shoving, dragging, and kicking his ex-girlfriend, whose identity remains undisclosed.

Combs remained silent for nearly two days as criticism mounted and the media frenzy intensified. However, in a video statement posted on Instagram, Combs finally broke his silence, expressing remorse for his actions.

In the video, Combs acknowledges hitting "rock bottom" and takes full responsibility for his behavior, describing it as "inexcusable" and "disgusting." Despite his apology, he notably does not mention his ex-girlfriend by name.

Many expressed solidarity with the woman involved, praising her courage in coming forward and demanding justice. Another Reddit user expressed concern over the hotel's failure to intervene, suggesting that the severity of the situation warranted police involvement.

In response to Combs' apology, the ex-girlfriend's attorney, Meredith Firetog, criticized his statement, accusing him of prioritizing himself over his victims. Douglas H. Wigdor, another attorney representing the ex-girlfriend, described the video as confirming Combs' "disturbing and predatory behavior."

The release of the video has sparked widespread outrage, with many condemning Combs' actions and demanding accountability.

The video has elicited strong reactions, with many expressing shock and horror at the footage. Reddit users joined the conversation, with one commenter describing the video as "horrifying" and calling for severe punishment for Combs. Another user highlighted the significance of the video's release after eight years, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Alex Fine, a personal trainer and Ventura's husband, took to Instagram to share a message. Fine posted what he referred to as a "letter to women and children," indicating in the caption that while penned a while ago, its message remains timeless and relevant.

In the letter, Fine unequivocally condemns violence against women, stating that "Men who hit women aren’t men. Men who enable it and protect those people aren’t men."

Married to Ventura since 2019 and the father of their two daughters, Fine concludes the letter by sharing the phone number of the National Domestic Violence hotline. In a direct address to abusers, he asserts, "you’re done, you’re not safe anymore, you’re not protected anymore."


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