Sean Combs Will Not Be Charged in 2016 LA Beating of Cassie, Prosecutor Says Despite Video Evidence; “Cover-up” Could Warrant a Possible Investigation - Latest Global News

Sean Combs Will Not Be Charged in 2016 LA Beating of Cassie, Prosecutor Says Despite Video Evidence; “Cover-up” Could Warrant a Possible Investigation

Sean “Puffy” Combs will not be prosecuted for beating Casandra Ventura despite hotel surveillance footage showing the 2016 attack, the Los Angeles district attorney says.

“We are aware of the video circulating on the Internet that purports to show Sean Combs attacking a young woman in Los Angeles,” George Gascón said late Friday, a few hours after CNN’s May 17 exclusive on the horrific hallway attack closed InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

“We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to view,” the re-election district attorney continued, describing the attack on the singer by her then-boyfriend Combs. “Unfortunately, if the conduct depicted had occurred in 2016, we would not be able to bring charges such as this conduct occurred beyond the time period in which a crime of assault can be prosecuted.”

The statute of limitations for domestic violence in California is five years. The statute of limitations for simple and aggravated assault in the Golden State is one year and three years, respectively.

While adhering to the letter of the law, the response from the media-sensitive DA’s office clearly misses the spirit of the law. However, a prominent law enforcement source told Deadline that the much-accused Combs himself may have paved a possible avenue for investigation.

“Reports that Combs paid the hotel $50,000 to film the incident shortly after it occurred may, in my opinion, represent the possibility of a crime cover-up,” the source explained. “On the face of it, this might justify launching an investigation.”

Still, the police officer emphasized that a formal LAPD investigation has not yet been launched. The department is gathering basic information about the beating shown in the eight-year-old graphic video, he added.

In her quickly settled lawsuit last November, Ventura described an attack on her by Combs in March 2016 at the upscale hotel. Attorney Doug Wigdor’s complaint also states that she was told that the “Missing You” singer “paid InterContinental Century City $50,000 for the hallway security footage from that evening.”

Very soon after Combs’ attorney Ben Brafman described Ventura’s actions as a form of blackmail filled with “offensive and outrageous accusations,” his client settled matters with his ex. Although the details were kept secret, Deadline was told that the final figure was in the eight figures area was.

Cassie may have resolved her dispute in just over 24 hours, but since she filed on November 16, 2023, a half-dozen additional lawsuits have surfaced accusing Combs of sexual assault and other misconduct. At least one of those files alleges sex trafficking of minors, and another comes from a producer on Combs’ latest album.

Combs has denied all claims. But on March 25 of this year, the FBI and Homeland Security officials searched Combs’ homes in Los Angeles and Miami. A federal spokesman described the raids as part of an “ongoing investigation.”

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