Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs posts apology to Instagram: ‘I hit rock bottom’

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Sean “Diddy” Combs took to social media on Sunday to apologize after CNN aired security video that showed him beating singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in 2016.

“It’s so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life. Sometimes you gotta do that,” Combs begins in a brief recording shared on Instagram. “I was ****ed up … I hit rock bottom. But I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my actions.”

The assault video, dated March 5, 2016, closely resembles the description of an incident at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City described in a November lawsuit filed by Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, that alleged years of sexual abuse and other violence by Combs.

Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs is seen in a video posted to social media in which he apologized for beating his ex-girlfriend. May 19, 2024. (IG: @Diddy)

It shows Combs, wearing only a white towel, punching and kicking the R&B singer, who was his protege and longtime girlfriend at the time. The footage also shows Combs shoving and dragging Cassie and throwing a vase in her direction.

“I was disgusted then when I did it. I’m disgusted now,” Combs insists, saying he sought “professional help” and underwent therapy after the incident.

“I’m so sorry, but I’m committed to be a better man each and every day. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I’m truly sorry.”

While the video appears to be clear evidence of a crime, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that criminal charges would not be filed due to the statute of limitations running out.

“We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch. If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted,” the DA’s Office said in a statement.

Ventura’s lawsuit, which was settled the day after it was filed, alleges that Combs paid the hotel $50,000 for the security video.

CNN’s report is the latest public relations crisis for the former hitmaker, who also finds himself at the center of a federal investigation after agents raided his homes in Los Angeles and Miami in late March.

According to CNN, the investigation was handled by the Department of Homeland Security’s team that handles human trafficking crimes. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.