Singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura (37) spoke out for the first time after a shocking surveillance video from 2016 was leaked in which she was physically attacked by her ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs (54). is attacked. The 37-year-old thanked Instagram on Thursday (May 23) for “all the love and support from my family, friends, strangers and those I have yet to get to know.”

The musician, who is said to have been in a relationship with the rapper and producer between 2008 and 2018, goes on to explain that “the flow of love has created a place for my younger self to now settle down and feel safe.” .

“But this is just the beginning,” Cassie writes on the social network. “Domestic violence is THE problem. It has turned me into someone I never thought I would be. With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but I will always have to recover from the past.”

Ventura filed a lawsuit against Combs last November alleging abuse and rape. Combs and Ventura settled the singer’s lawsuit out of court just hours after it was filed.

In her statement, the singer asks victims of violence and abuse to be believed “the first time. It takes a lot of heart to speak the truth from a situation in which you were powerless. I reach out to those who are still in fear Live, reach out to your people, don’t exclude them. No one should carry this burden alone.”

After Sean “Diddy” Combs had denied all allegations against him in the past, the 54-year-old came forward with an apology last weekend after the disturbing video became public.

“It’s so difficult to think about the darkest times in your life,” Combs said on Instagram. “Sometimes you have to do that. I was at my wits’ end. I mean, I was at my lowest, but I don’t make excuses. My behavior in this video is inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my behavior in this video.” Accompanying his video, he wrote: “I’m really sorry.”

Cassie Ventura’s legal team immediately criticized Sean “Diddy” Combs’ apology video. “Combs’ recent statement is more about himself than about the many people he hurt,” Meredith Firetog of the law firm Wigdor LLP said in a statement to Page Six. It continues: “When Cassie and several other women came forward, he denied everything and claimed that his victims were looking for a quick deal.”