CASANDRA “Cassie” Ventura has spoken out on the brutal 2016 assault she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The R&B singer, 37, released an emotional statement on Thursday, nearly a week after the horrific video was released.

The horrific video showed Sean 'Diddy' Combs brutally assaulting his then-girlfriend Casandra 'Cassie' Ventura in 2016

The horrific video showed Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs brutally assaulting his then-girlfriend Casandra ‘Cassie’ Ventura in 2016Credit: AP
Cassie said she's still recovering from the domestic violence experience

Cassie said she’s still recovering from the domestic violence experienceCredit: Getty
Cassie and Sean 'Diddy' Combs were in an off-and-on relationship dating back to 2006

Cassie and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs were in an off-and-on relationship dating back to 2006Credit: Getty
Hotel security camera video showed Sean Combs kicking Cassie as she lies motionless on the elevator bank floor

Hotel security camera video showed Sean Combs kicking Cassie as she lies motionless on the elevator bank floorCredit: AP

Cassie thanked everyone for their support and admitted she’s still recovering from the domestic violence experience.

“Thank you for all the love and support from my family, friends, strangers and those I have yet to meet,” Cassie said.

“The outpouring of love has created a place for my younger self to settle and feel safe now, but this is only the beginning.

“Domestic Violence is THE issue. It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become.

“With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but will always be recovering from my past.

“Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to take this matter seriously.”

This healing journey is never ending.

Casandra ‘Cassie’ Ventura

The singer continued. “My only ask is that EVERYONE open your heart to believing victims the first time.

“It takes a lot of heart to tell the truth out of a situation that you were powerless in.

“I offer my hand to those that are still living in fear. Reach out to your people, don’t cut them off. No one should carry this weight alone.

“This healing journey is never ending, but this support means everything to me. Thank you.”

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs apologizes after video of him ‘beating Cassie’ – says he went to rehab after ‘hitting rock bottom’

VICIOUS ASSAULT

CNN released surveillance footage on May 16 showing Combs, 54, viciously striking, kicking, and dragging Cassie across a hotel lobby.

The gut-wrenching assault took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles in 2016.

The troubling incident matched the allegations Cassie made in the lawsuit she filed against the Bad Boy CEO in New York in November 2023.

The suit, which was settled by both parties a day after it was filed, read, “Ms. Ventura tried to leave the hotel room, but as she exited, Mr. Combs awoke and began screaming at Ms. Ventura.

“He followed her into the hallway of the hotel while yelling at her.

“He grabbed at her and then took glass vases in the hallways and threw them at her, causing glass to crash around them as she ran to the elevator to escape.”

SORRY MESS

The under-fire Bad Boy for Life rapper apologized days after the video was released and admitted to taking part in the assault.

“I was f**ked up,” Combs said.

“I mean, I hit rock bottom but I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable.

“I take full responsibility for my actions in that video.

“I’m disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it and I’m disgusted now.

“I went and I sought out professional help and had to go to therapy, had to go to rehab.

“Had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I’m so sorry.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.

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