Attorney says Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ career is over after video leaked

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  • A recently leaked video shows Sean “Diddy” Combs attacking Cassie Ventura in 2016.
  • A lawyer said Combs’ subsequent apology would not mitigate any legal consequences.
  • The video could help Combs’ accusers strengthen their own civil cases against the music mogul.

A “smoking gun” An entertainment lawyer told Business Insider that Sean “Diddy” Combs’ video could help plaintiffs in other civil lawsuits against him strengthen their cases.

On Friday, CNN published surveillance footage from 2016, showing the Grammy-award winning producer Attacked his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura at the now-closed Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles.

In the video, a man resembling Combs pushes, pulls, kicks and throws an object toward Ventura in a hotel hallway. The video confirms a similar incident described in Ventura’s November lawsuit against the hip-hop mogul.

The two sides reached a settlement a day after the lawsuit was filed, the Associated Press reports. In a previous statement to Business Insider, a lawyer for Combs said Diddy denies the allegations made in the lawsuit and accused Ventura of trying to “blackmail” him.

Combs apologized for his actions in a video posted to his official Instagram account on Sunday — though he did not specifically say what actions he was apologizing for, nor did he mention Ventura by name. . In his apology he described his actions as “inexcusable”. And said he wanted therapy.

Cameron Dowlatshahi, an attorney at Mills Saadat Dowlatshahi LLP, told BI that the apology, which he described as an attempt to “humanize” Combs, would not save him.

Meredith Firetog, partner at Wigdor LLP and Ventura attorney, shared a similar sentiment.

“Combs’ latest statement is more about himself than the people he has hurt,” Firetog said in a statement to BI. “When Cassie and several other women came forward, he denied everything and suggested that his victims were looking for a payday. That they were only forced to ‘apologize’ when their bar- The bar’s denials were proven false, reflecting his pathetic desperation, and no one will be swayed by his deceitful words.”

‘His career is effectively over’

Ventura alleged in his November lawsuit that Combs paid the now-defunct hotel $50,000 to obtain surveillance footage.

Dowlatshahi told BI that this type of arrangement is common in Hollywood, although “selling a video of someone being attacked certainly doesn’t look good.”

In a statement to BI, the InterContinental Hotel’s parent company, IHG, said the hotel “is no longer under IHG management, and we have no access to records or footage of the prior incident.”

Dowlatshahi said it was unlikely that Ventura leaked the video to CNN because of his agreement with Combs and said it could have been a former hotel employee or someone in Combs’ camp.

Dowlatshahi said, no matter how the video surfaced, it is a game changer for his other accused. Combs currently faces four Sexual misconduct case.

The lawsuits come from a former employee and three women who have accused Diddy of sexual harassment, abuse, drugging, and other acts of sexual misconduct. One woman said Combs “sex trafficked and gang raped” her in 2003 when she was 17.

Plaintiffs in civil lawsuits against Combs There will likely be an attempt to introduce the video as evidence to prove that the music mogul has a “propensity for violence”, and there is a possibility that – should the cases go to trial – potential jurors could be swayed by the video. Can, said Daulatshahi.

Dowlatshahi said, “It is rare to have smoking-gun evidence in these types of cases, and this video is a form of smoking-gun evidence regarding Didi’s propensity for violence.”

Federal authorities have also launched an investigation into the allegations made against Combs, as multiple outlets, including CNN, previously reported following DHS raids on his Miami and Los Angeles homes.

Dowlatshahi said that Diddy cannot be convicted in connection with his actions in 2016 due to the statute of limitations on felony and domestic violence charges. However, he also said that the emergence of the video would likely lead to investigators trying to uncover similar incriminating footage at other hotels where Diddy had previously stayed.

From the perspective of Combs’ defense, Dowlatshahi said that Combs’ attorneys would probably try to settle the cases and advise Combs to cooperate with authorities.

“His career is effectively over,” Dowlatshahi told Business Insider.

Representatives for Combs declined to comment.

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