Diddy admits to hitting his ex, calls his actions ‘inexcusable’

Diddy admits to hitting his ex, calls his actions ‘inexcusable’
Diddy admits to hitting his ex, calls his actions ‘inexcusable’

“I take full responsibility for my actions in this video. I was disgusted at the time when I did it. I’m sickened now,” the music mogul said in a video statement posted on Instagram and Facebook on Sunday.

The video released Friday shows Diddy, wearing only a white towel, punching and kicking Cassie, an R&B singer who was his protégé and longtime girlfriend at the time. The footage also shows the singer pushing and dragging Cassie, and throwing a vase in her direction.

Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, sued Diddy in November for what she said was years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The lawsuit was settled the next day, but drew increased scrutiny of Diddy, with several other lawsuits filed in the following months, as well as a federal sex trafficking investigation that led authorities to search Diddy’s Los Angeles residences and in Miami.

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He denied the allegations in the lawsuits, but neither he nor his representatives had responded to the newly surfaced video as of Sunday.

“It’s very difficult to reflect on the darkest moments of your life, but sometimes you have to,” Diddy says in the video.

He adds: “I sought professional help. I started going to therapy, to rehabilitation. I had to ask for God’s mercy and grace. I’m so sorry. But I am determined to become a better man every day. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I am really sorry.”

Diddy, looking somber and wearing a T-shirt in the selfie-style apology video, appears to be on a patio. It’s the hip-hop mogul’s most direct response to six months of allegations that have threatened his reputation and career. Previous statements were released through his lawyers.

The surveillance camera video, dated March 5, 2016, closely resembles the description of an incident at the InterContinental Hotel in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles described in Ventura’s complaint.

The complaint alleges that Combs paid the hotel $50,000 for the security video immediately after the incident. Neither he nor his representatives have addressed this specific allegation. CNN did not say how it obtained the footage.

Combs does not face criminal charges for the assault. The statute of limitations for the assault and battery charges he would likely face expired years ago.

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