Diddy has not been placed under a “secret” criminal investigation for sexual assault, contrary to an earlier statement released by the NYPD.
On Friday (November 17), a spokesperson for the top cop agency in New York amended their statement to TMZ, admitting that the previous statement contained incorrect information.
“Yesterday, a member of the NYPD’s public information office erroneously told a reporter about the apparent existence of an active case file containing the name ‘Sean Combs.’ There is no such investigation, at present,” the updated statement read. “Further, the release of such information is not consistent with the internal policies of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information.”
They continued: “The NYPD always treats allegations of sexual assault and rape extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so that support and services can be offered to survivors and a comprehensive investigation can be conducted.”
A previous report suggested that the NYPD launched a “secret” investigation into one “Sean Combs,” although it wasn’t confirmed if the subject was indeed the Bad Boy mogul.
TMZ also contacted law enforcement in other jurisdictions mentioned in Cassie’s lawsuit, including Miami, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles but were told “no police report has been filed as it pertains to Cassie or Diddy, and no investigation has been launched.”
The investigation was implied to be linked to the explosive accusations made by his ex-girlfriend Cassie, who has filed a lawsuit against Diddy accusing him of rape and physical abuse.
In her suit, which was filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday (November 16), Cassie (real name Casandra Ventura) claims that Diddy subjected her to a pattern of physical and emotional abuse throughout their roughly decade-long relationship.
Her complaint includes shocking allegations such as Diddy beating her “multiple times a year,” plying her with “copious amounts” of drugs and forcing her to have sex with male prostitutes while he filmed and masturbated to the encounters.
The singer also claims that towards the end of their relationship in 2018, the 54-year-old record executive forced her way into her apartment and raped her while she “repeatedly said ‘no’ and tried to push him away.”
Puff is also alleged to have orchestrated a plan to blow up Kid Cudi‘s car in 2012 after he discovered that Cassie was dating the “Day ‘N’ Nite” rapper. A rep for Cudi confirmed to The New York Times that one of his cars exploded in his driveway.
“After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships,” Cassie said in a statement.
The singer’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, said that before the suit was filed, Diddy “offered Ms. Ventura eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit,” but “she rejected his efforts.”
Puff has denied the allegations, with his attorney Ben Brafman saying: “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.
“Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday.”