Diddy's Ex-Assistant: 'New Video Didn't Surprise Me One Bit'

Settlement reached after Cassie accuses Diddy of abuse

by Zain ul Abedin
Diddy's Ex-Assistant: 'New Video Didn't Surprise Me One Bit'
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Sean "Diddy" Combs' former assistant, Suzi Siegel, stated that she was not surprised by Casandra "Cassie" Ventura's November lawsuit against the music mogul, nor by the recently surfaced footage of him physically assaulting his ex.

Siegel said, "there was not one cell in my body that was surprised." Despite this, Siegel mentioned that she "never saw him speak harshly to her or be abusive toward her or anything like that," during her time with him. However, she admitted to feeling "sick and violently angry" about the recent revelations.

Surveillance footage released by CNN on May 17, 2024, shows Combs grabbing, shoving, and kicking his ex-girlfriend in 2016, matching allegations Ventura made in her now-settled lawsuit filed in November 2023. "I rode in limos with them, I went to parties with them.

Even though I never saw anything that could corroborate what's in that lawsuit and what we just saw, there was not one cell in my body that was surprised," Siegel explained. She further elaborated, "I would say that I was around him a lot and got a feeling for who he was.

I didn't see anything that could get him in trouble. But I think that [there's a] power dynamic in a situation like that - especially her, at the beginning of her career, so young and beautiful and talented."

Former Assistant Speaks

Siegel clarified that she was not personally mistreated by Combs during her time working for him at the beginning of his relationship with Ventura, who started dating Combs in 2007.

"I didn't see that proof," she said. However, she acknowledged, "Obviously, I saw it with the rest of America today. But when I saw it, I knew that it was something that he could be capable of." Ventura's attorney, Douglas H.

Wigdor, stated that the "gut-wrenching video" depicting Combs' violent behavior "has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs." He praised Ventura's courage and fortitude in bringing the issue to light.

A representative for Diddy did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office stated that it was "unable" to charge Combs with crimes related to the footage, as it was filmed "beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted." However, they called the footage "extremely disturbing and difficult to watch." Combs and Ventura settled one day after she accused him of rape, s-x trafficking, and domestic violence in her November lawsuit.

Ben Brafman, Combs' lawyer, stated that the settlement was "in no way an admission of wrongdoing." Since the lawsuit, several other individuals have come forward with accusations against Combs, including s-x trafficking and rape, all of which he has denied.