John Legend Supports Accusers in Diddy Scandal: 'Believe Women'

Music industry rocked by fresh allegations against Diddy

by Zain ul Abedin
John Legend Supports Accusers in Diddy Scandal: 'Believe Women'
© Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

John Legend recently expressed his dismay regarding the disturbing allegations against Sean "Diddy" Combs, involving abuse and s-x trafficking claims made by Combs' ex-girlfriend Casandra 'Cassie' Ventura and several other women.

In a candid interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the 45-year-old singer-songwriter stated he was "horrified" upon learning about the claims, underscoring his commitment to believing and supporting women who come forward with such serious accusations.

The controversy stems from security camera footage from March 2016, which CNN released earlier this month. The footage vividly captures Combs in a violent confrontation with Ventura in a hotel hallway. This incident is part of a broader pattern of alleged abuse, as detailed in Ventura's lawsuit against Combs, which she settled last November.

In her legal claims, Ventura accused Combs of a decade-long pattern of rape and s-x trafficking. During the interview, Legend reflected on his personal reaction to the unfolding allegations and the subsequent release of the video evidence.

"I was horrified by the descriptions that I read before the video evidence came out," he shared. "And absolutely it’s something that needs to be brought to light when it happens."

Legend Advocates Accountability

Legend's remarks echo a broader conversation about accountability and support for victims of abuse.

"My default stance is to believe women when they make these accusations and to make sure that we do whatever we can to support women," he asserted. He hopes that the voices of the accusers are heard and that steps are taken towards accountability and making reparations to help the victims heal and find closure.

The context of Legend's comments is also tied to his professional relationship with Combs; they collaborated on the track "Kim Porter" in 2023, named after Combs' late partner who passed away in 2018. Despite their past collaboration, Legend's focus remains firmly on the importance of addressing and rectifying the issues at hand.

Combs himself has publicly addressed the incident following the video's release, expressing remorse and acknowledging his actions. "Disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it, I'm disgusted now," Combs stated. He mentioned seeking professional help and therapy as part of his journey towards personal improvement and taking responsibility for his actions.

The legal implications of the allegations are significant, yet the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has stated that they are unable to charge Combs in connection with the 2016 video due to statutory limitations. However, they have encouraged any victims or witnesses of similar incidents to come forward.