Cassie has every right to accept Diddy’s money

Cassie Ventura and Sean 'Diddy' Combs together on a red carpet
Diddy and Cassie’s legal battle wasn’t long but will no doubt make a lasting impact (Picture: Backgrid)

Details of the agreement between the two stars have not been revealed but it’s widely assumed that Cassie received money in exchange for dropping her lawsuit against Diddy, who vehemently denied the serious allegations levied at him. 

Her decision has been met with a hideous reaction from critics on social media, many of whom are questioning her motives in bringing the lawsuit against Diddy in the first place. 

Opinions range from the supportive – Cassie wanting to finally speak her truth – to the insulting – that it was a money shakedown all along. 

However, an alleged victim accepting a financial payout isn’t proof of lying – if anything, it reflects badly on the accused, at least in the court of public opinion where a trial or criminal investigation is absent. 

Cassie had every right to accept the money as much as Diddy had to defend his name and fight against the lawsuit, of which the details are horrifying. 

Cassie Ventura and Sean 'Diddy' Combs in formalwear on a red carpet
Cassie accused Diddy of serious allegations (Picture: FilmMagic)

The R&B singer, full name Cassandra Ventura, instigated a lawsuit last week accusing Diddy, 54, of rape, physical abuse and sex trafficking throughout their 11-year relationship, which ended in 2018.

In the legal documents, Cassie, 37, explained how she began dating the hip hop mogul when she was 19 but was eventually introduced to drugs by the rap producer and ‘forced’ to have sex with male prostitutes in front of him. 

As the document progressed, the allegations only got worse and were preceded by a rare trigger warning in block red capitals on the first page.

Cassie went on to claim how Diddy blew up Kid Cudi’s car when he thought the rapper was ‘romantically interested’ in dating the singer, and even that she had an MRI scan for memory loss that she believed may have been caused by a ‘beating’ Diddy gave her. 

In the #MeToo era, many of us have heard, seen and read it all when it comes to the traumatic experiences women have been subjected to by those in power, but Cassie’s account of her relationship with Diddy might just be one of the most harrowing I’ve read yet. 

Diddy’s guilt has by no means been proven through his decision to settle, but it must have taken a lot of courage for Cassie to come forward after so many years and share her story, knowing that she would receive a level of criticism.

Therefore it’s heartbreaking to see her intentions being called into question so frivolously on social media. 

Cassie Ventura on the red carpet
Cassie will now get to put her relationship with Diddy behind her (Picture: Getty Images)

The terms of Cassie and Diddy’s settlement are currently unknown (Picture: Getty Images)

One sceptic tweeted: ‘They say believe women, when you do, this happens. They settle for money. When that money run out, we don’t want to hear s**t. You settle in a day? I thought you wanted to empower others? Nah, you wanted the money the whole time. CLOWN.’ 

Another critic weighed in: ‘A lot of people need money so they will dig up their past with former Boyfriends to get money since their husbands or baby daddies cant provide properly. If she didn’t need money she would’ve left the past in the past.’ 

Love & Hip Hop New York star Rich Dollaz also suggested that Cassie’s sole intention was money-motivated. 

During an Instagram Live with Peter Gunz, he said: ‘Number one it was civil. Civil means money. So there was never any kind of dispute about what was going on here. There was never a dispute about what was the aim here. This is not a criminal case. He did not take a criminal case and make it civil. She did not start cooperating with the cops and didn’t change up. She was in a civil case from the beginning which meant she wanted money.’ 

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Reactions like this are a huge part of why women who have been subjected to abuse are too scared to come forward. Who would believe them over the person who is in a greater position of power? 

You could argue that Cassie felt a civil lawsuit would be the best way to share her story while also reclaiming ‘control’ as she explained in her statement after the settlement, stating: ‘I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control. I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.’ 

It was less than 24 hours for reports to break about Cassie’s lawsuit and for the two to agree on a settlement. However, that doesn’t mean it was simply a cash grab on her part. 

What it does mean is that Cassie no longer has to suffer in silence and can focus on her new life with her husband, Alex Fine, and their two children. Her courage in coming forward is what’s empowering and that has no price tag. 

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