Los Angeles DA Says “It’s Too Late” to File Chargers on Diddy for 2016 Assault Video

Elgin Nelson

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is unable to charge Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in connection with the 2016 video depicting him assaulting Casandra ‘Cassie’ Ventura, as it falls beyond the statute of limitations for assault prosecution. Last week, CNN released surveillance footage from 2016 showing the 54-year-old music mogul grabbing, shoving, and kicking his ex-girlfriend.

The D.A.’s office acknowledged the video on social media, describing it as “extremely disturbing and difficult to watch.” This public statement followed the video’s online appearance, corroborating allegations Ventura, 37, made in a now-settled lawsuit filed last November.

“If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately, we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted,” the statement read. “As of today, law enforcement has not presented a case related to the attack depicted in the video against Mr. Combs—but we encourage anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime to report it to law enforcement or reach out to our office for support from our Bureau of Victims Services.”

The footage depicts Ventura leaving a hotel room and heading toward an elevator, with Combs chasing after her, grabbing her neck, throwing her to the ground, and kicking her. Combs continued kicking her, dragged her toward a hotel room, walked away, and threw an object at her. Ventura’s lawsuit detailed events at the now-closed InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, “in or around March 2016,” where Combs, allegedly intoxicated, punched her in the face, giving her a black eye. The lawsuit claimed that as she tried to leave the room, Combs awoke and started yelling and throwing glass vases at her.

According to the complaint, Combs allegedly paid the hotel $50,000 for the footage. Ventura returned to the hotel intending to apologize for fleeing, but security staff advised her to leave. The lawsuit was settled a day after she accused Combs of rape, sex trafficking, and domestic violence, and included multiple allegations of physical abuse over their relationship from 2007 to 2018.

Ventura’s attorney Douglas H. Wigdor shared in a statement that 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.”

Since Ventura’s lawsuit, Combs has faced four additional sexual misconduct lawsuits. In November, he stepped down as chairman of Revolt, his digital media company, and reportedly sold his stake in March. Federal agents raided Combs’ L.A. and Miami homes in March as part of a federal sex trafficking investigation, according to CNN.

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