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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’s former assistant says she was not surprised by video showing rapper beating ex Cassie Ventura in hotel hallway

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Sean “Diddy” Combs’ former assistant says she wasn’t surprised when a video surfaced this week showing the rapper violently beating his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel.

Suzi Siegi, who was the music mogul’s assistant from 2008 and 2009 when he and Ventura began dating, told CNN that “there wasn’t a single cell in my body that was surprised » by the disturbing 2016 clip.

“I felt sick and I felt violently angry,” she said after watching the video. “It’s so disturbing that the video doesn’t lie.”

Combs was filmed beating Ventura in a Los Angeles hotel in 2016. MovieMagic

Siegel said she spent a lot of time in limousines and at parties with the couple while employed as Combs’ assistant, but that she “never saw him speak harshly to her, be abusive or anything like that.”

“I was around him a lot and I had a sense of who he was,” she continued. “I haven’t seen anything that would get him in trouble, but I think the power dynamics in a situation like that, especially early in his career,” she said.

Combs was 37 and Ventura was 19 when they began their on-and-off relationship. Ventura was signed to Combs’ label and their business relationship lasted until 2019.

“Imagine how that would happen. And then he is rich. And not only is he rich, he controls your career,” Siegel said.

She said it was her “feminine intuition” that led her to believe Combs was capable of violence, as well as the way he interacted with the people around him.

“No one was mistreated that I saw, I didn’t feel mistreated, but it was very clear to me, again, it’s a hunch…he just didn’t see your humanity when he looked at you,” she said.

Suzi Siegel was Combs’ assistant from 2008 to 2009. CNN/YouTube

Security footage showed Ventura, barefoot, fleeing Combs’ room at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles and trying to get into an elevator. Combs then walks towards her with a towel, grabs her by the neck and throws her to the ground.

Footage showed him kicking her, dragging her by her sweatshirt and throwing objects at her as she lay on the hallway floor.

The beating corroborates allegations outlined in a lawsuit since settled by Ventura. In the filing, Ventura claims Combs paid the hotel $50,000 for the security footage. The suit was settled a day after it was filed.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said it could not prosecute Combs based on the video because it occurred beyond the state’s statute of limitations for simple and felony assault.

This week’s video showed Combs violently beating Ventura. P.A.

Since November, Combs has been the subject of five other lawsuits accusing him of rape, sexual misconduct and other crimes.

Then, in April, federal agents dramatically raided his homes in California and Florida as part of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s human trafficking team.

He has not been charged with any crime and has denied the allegations against him.




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