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Diddy Breaks Silence on Video of Cassie Assault: ‘I Take Full Responsibility for My Actions’

According to Diddy, he "hit rock bottom."

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has responded to the release of a video from 2016 in which he is seen pushing and kicking his former girlfriend, Cassie.

On Sunday, May 19, the 54-year-old musician posted a statement on Instagram in a video, with the caption: “I’m truly sorry.”

“It’s so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life,” Combs said in the footage. “Sometimes you gotta do that. I was f—– up. I mean I hit rock bottom but I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable.”

He continued, “I take full responsibility for my actions in that video.”

“Disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it, I’m disgusted now. I went and I sought out professional help, going to therapy, going to rehab. I had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I’m so sorry, but I’m committed to be a better man. Each and every day,” Combs added.

The music mogul then concluded his statement by stating that he is “not asking for forgiveness” and was “truly sorry.”

Prior to his most recent statement, Combs shared a post on Instagram on Tuesday, May 14, that read, “Time tells truth.”

The footage, which CNN released on May 17, depicts a confrontation between Combs and Cassie (also known as Casandra Ventura) that aligns with the claims she made in a lawsuit from last November that has since been resolved.

The footage from the security camera shows Ventura leaving a hotel room and heading towards an elevator. Combs follows her, then proceeds to grab her by the neck and push her to the ground. He is then shown kicking her and taking hold of her purse and suitcase.

After kicking her once more, Combs drags her towards the hotel room before releasing her and walking off. He then sits down in a chair, picks something up from a nearby table and throws it at Ventura before leaving. When someone else exits the elevator, Combs turns back towards her.

The video, as previously mentioned by Ventura’s lawyer Douglas H. Wigdor in a statement supports her claims.

“The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs. Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light,” Wigdor said in the statement.

In Ventura’s now-settled suit, she alleged an extremely similar incident that took place in 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., writing that “Mr. Combs became extremely intoxicated and punched Ms. Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye.”

“After he fell asleep, Ms. Ventura tried to leave the hotel room, but as she exited, Mr. Combs awoke and began screaming at Ms. Ventura,” the lawsuit states. “He followed her into the hallway of the hotel while yelling at her. He grabbed at her, and then took glass vases in the hallway and threw them at her, causing glass to crash around them as she ran to the elevator to escape.”

In the lawsuit, it is stated that Ventura’s lawyers indicated she was able to reach the elevator and then proceeded to take a taxi back to her apartment.

“Upon realizing that her running away would cause Mr. Combs to be even angrier with her, and completely stuck in his vicious cycle of abuse, Ms. Ventura returned to the hotel with the intention of apologizing for running away from her abuser,” the complaint adds. “When she returned, hotel security staff urged her to get back into a cab and go to her apartment, suggesting that they had seen the security footage showing Mr. Combs beating Ms. Ventura and throwing glass at her in the hotel hallway.”