Cassie has seen better days. The young Bad
Boy
singer has faced a storm of criticism and hate from many. She’s
also had to deal with an old video of her surfacing, one that many
view as scandalous. But Bad Boy head Diddy is
standing beside the young songstress.

The hate came when various media personalities trashed
Cassie’s performances on MTV’s TRL and BET’s 106 and Park. Radio personalities
from NY to LA went at it. Big Boy of Los Angeles’ Power 106
even asked label mates Dannity Kane how they felt about Cassie’s
less-than impressive performances.

Diddy acknowledges that she had a rough
start.

“She had her first television performance, and she
had an all right performance…You could hear the nervousness in her voice. And
to be honest, I kind of smiled at it, because it made me really appreciate what
I really love about her: She’s a regular person. And we, as artists, we
sometimes get nervous. I told her it’s like riding a bike: You’re gonna fall
down, you got to keep on getting on it. I’m with her through her development,
and I have no questioning on her ability, on her singing ability. It just made
me appreciate that she got nervous, and it was kind of cute to me, to be
honest.”

“Some people are going to have good days and bad
days. The thing about Bad Boy is, we’re with our artists through all days.
She’s not an artist that has a problem with her vocals or singing. You’ve got
to understand that success for her is coming out of nowhere. It’s just so huge,
and sometimes everybody handles it differently. So I’m quite sure she’ll get
over it. …I don’t care how many performances it is, I’m going to be with
her until she gets it right,”
he added to MTV.

Cassie also had to fight off rumors that
she was romantically involved with various men. Cass went on
to claim her statements were taken out of context.

Another problem came with an unpublicized video. The
aforementioned vid for Me & You that is not featured on music
video channels is one that has surfaced through the net. That clip, said
to have been before her deal, features a raunchy Cassie
getting very intimate with a man. She’s also shown on her knees, taking off a
man’s pants and singing in nothing on but bra and panties. The singer went on
various radio shows to say this embarrassed her.

Cassie also addressed this through a
statement on her MySpace page.

“I am aware that my live performances have been
pretty bad,”
she wrote. “No excuses, I’m still getting over
stage fright. I am very upset with the series of events this week, and I do not
appreciate people making me look and sound crazy. I’m not a whore or a bitch,
which is what people have been making me out to be. I’m a 19-year-old girl, I’m
single, and I’m working my ass off.”

Aside from helping out his young ladies in Dannity
Kane
and Cassie, Diddy’s also
getting ready to release his own LP.