Diddy Drags and Kicks Cassie in Disturbing 2016 Hotel Surveillance Footage (UPDATE)

The footage is dated March 5, 2016 and follows last year's settled lawsuit from Cassie in which she accused Diddy of physical abuse.

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie Ventura pose together, with Diddy in a white suit and Cassie in a black suit at a red-carpet event, against a backdrop of red roses
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Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie Ventura pose together, with Diddy in a white suit and Cassie in a black suit at a red-carpet event, against a backdrop of red roses

Content warning: This story contains graphic footage and descriptions of physical assault.

UPDATED 5/18, 12:35 p.m. ET: Revolt, the media company co-founded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, has issued a statement in support of Casandra "Cassie" Ventura and other domestic assault victims.

"We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent video circulating of our former Chairman, Sean 'Diddy' Combs," the message begins. "Even with his recent separation from Revolt, it is still our duty to address this matter and recognize the direct impact it has on our staff, our audience, and the culture we represent."

It continues, "Revolt stands in solidarity with all who have been a victim of abuse and remain committed to upholding the values and integriety of our community expects from us."

"We vehemently stand against any form of domestic abuse and will always be a fearless advocate for truth and accountability."

The statement ended with the 800-799-7233 number for the Domestic Violence Hotline.

As Combs stepped down from Revolt in November, later selling all of his shares, the company's new owner will reportedly be Richelieu Dennis, the former CEO of SheaMoisture who serves as chairman of Essence Ventures.

See original story below.

Newly released surveillance footage shows Diddy assaulting Cassie at a hotel in Los Angeles in 2016.

Friday, CNN shared the video in question, which includes footage captured by multiple cameras at the location on March 5, 2016. As previously reported, Cassie sued Diddy, with whom she was previously in a romantic relationship, in 2023. In the suit, she accused the Bad Boy Records founder of rape and abuse. The suit was quickly settled, with a lawyer for Diddy saying at the time that the decision to settle "is in no way an admission of wrongdoing."

This is the video where Diddy is seen physically assaulting Cassie Ventura in 2016 surveillance video obtained by CNN.

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— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 17, 2024

The video, seen above, shows Diddy grabbing Cassie and hurling her to the ground, at which point he then proceeds to kick her twice. Diddy is then seen dragging Cassie on the floor before later throwing an unknown object in her direction after appearing to back her into a corner in the hotel.

In a statement, Cassie's lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, said the newly surfaced footage marked a confirmation of Diddy's "disturbing and predatory behavior." The incident captured in the video is in line with allegations included in Cassie’s 2023 lawsuit, which also alleged that Diddy had paid the hotel in question $50,000 for the footage.

The video is of a single incident and there are many, many more described in lawsuits and also, the feds raided Combs’ properties in an ongoing criminal investigation.

Legally this video is not the smoking gun, but it’s a smoking gun in the public relations area.

— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) May 17, 2024

According to CNN, the footage was taken at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. The same hotel, which is no longer in operation, was also mentioned in Cassie’s suit in connection with a March 2016 incident during which Diddy allegedly "became extremely intoxicated and punched Ms. Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye."

Diddy has since faced similar allegations in a series of widely reported lawsuits, including one from producer Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones Jr. UMG and CEO Lucian Grainge were recently confirmed to have been dropped from that suit.

In a statement previously shared to social media, Diddy, whose homes were recently hit with federal raids, denied what he said were "sickening allegations" against him.

"Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged," he said in December. "I will fight for my name, my family, and for the truth."

Mere days ago, Diddy shared an image to IG that read, "Time tells truth."

Cassie's husband Alex Fine spoke out after the video circulated online, writing in his statement that “men who hit women aren’t men.”

“Men who enable it and protect those people aren’t men,” the message continued. “As men violence against women shouldn’t be inevitable, check your brothers, your friends, and your family … To all the women and children, I’m sorry you live in a world where you’re not protected, and you don’t feel equal.”

Image of an Instagram post by alexfine44, featuring a letter titled "Letter to women and children." The letter talks about men who abuse women, their enablers, and stresses the importance of support and protection for women and children
Image text: "Stop violence against women." Caption discusses ending violence against women, ensuring safety and equality, and provides a hotline number: (800) 799-7233

Complex has reached out to reps for Diddy and Cassie for comment. This story may be updated.

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