The world of hip-hop is currently shaken as renowned rapper and music mogul Diddy, born Sean John Combs, faces an open investigation by the New York Police Department (NYPD). This development comes on the heels of explosive allegations made by Diddy’s ex-girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, who filed a federal lawsuit accusing him of rape, abuse, and sex trafficking.

The Allegations: Cassie’s lawsuit paints a harrowing picture of more than a decade of physical and sexual abuse, alleging that Diddy subjected her to horrifying experiences. Among the disturbing claims is that Diddy forced her to engage in illicit sex acts with male sex workers while he watched and recorded the encounters.

The Lawsuit Details: According to the lawsuit, the first incident involved Diddy hiring a man, with both wearing masquerade masks and consuming drugs. Cassie states that Diddy directed her to perform sexual acts with the man while he watched and masturbated. The lawsuit also alleges that Diddy raped Cassie in her own home when she attempted to leave him before their official split in 2018.

NYPD Investigation: The latest update reveals that the NYPD has initiated an open criminal investigation into the allegations against Diddy. The case is currently “locked,” meaning the details are restricted, but it is suggested that the investigation is connected to accusations of sexual assault. An NYPD source emphasized the seriousness with which sexual assault cases are taken and encouraged victims to come forward to facilitate a comprehensive investigation.

Diddy’s Response: Diddy has vehemently denied the allegations, with his lawyer, Ben Brafman, accusing Cassie of blackmail. Brafman stated that Cassie had persistently demanded $30 million over the past six months under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, a claim which she withdrew before filing the lawsuit. Diddy’s legal team contends that the lawsuit is filled with baseless and outrageous lies aimed at tarnishing his reputation.

Cassie’s Response: In response to Diddy’s denial, Cassie’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, asserted that Diddy offered her “eight figures” to silence her and prevent the lawsuit. Cassie rejected the alleged offer, with Wigdor commending her bravery for giving a voice to all women who suffer in silence.