The fallout continues for Sean “Diddy” Combs after his former girlfriend Cassie Ventura filed a lawsuit alleging he “often punched, beat, kicked and stomped” on her during their 11-year relationship.
The music mogul’s former head of security, Roger Bonds, is the latest person to speak out.
On Wednesday (Nov. 29), Bonds uploaded a video to Instagram saying Cassie wasn’t Combs’ only alleged victim. Bonds also responded to questions about why he stayed by Combs’ side after witnessing the alleged abuse.
“It comes a time when you in a situation that may seem like a good situation, but if you not waking up happy, or if you disgruntled, or you really don’t want to be around that person, you find every excuse to get out of there, and I got diabetes,” Bonds stated in the since-deleted video, which was captured by Vlad TV.
Cassie, born Casandra Ventura, filed her 35-page lawsuit on Nov. 16. The suit mentioned Bonds by name, saying he witnessed Combs allegedly “beat” Ventura in a car in January 2009, after she “spoke to another music manager” at a party in Los Angeles.
Bonds worked for Combs a decade ago, according to TMZ.
The ex-security chief said in the video he used his health as a reason to get away from Combs.
“So my excuse was, ‘I cant be with you every day, I can’t do this, I can’t do that. I’m losing weight’… but in reality, it was that I was sick. I was sick of you, I was sick of everything that was going on around you, I was sick of having to cover up everything that you did,” he said.
Bonds then mentioned the portion of Cassie’s lawsuit, which said he tried to stop an alleged beating. “In the car leaving the club, Mr. Combs beat Ms. Ventura, pushing her into a corner of the vehicle and stomping on her face. Mr. Combs’s security staff, Roger Bonds, tried to stop the beating, but was unable to deescalate the situation,” the suit said.
Bonds told his followers, “Cassie spoke on it. She said yeah, I jumped on it. I jumped in-between it, that wasn’t the only time, it was other times, and it was other people.”
Combs has denied all of Ventura’s allegations.
Still, the Bad Boy Records founder settled her lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money one day after it was filed.
A short time later, two more women filed suits against Combs alleging rape.
All three complaints were submitted under New York state’s Adult Survivors Act, which took effect in 2022 and eliminated the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases for one year. The law expired at midnight on Nov. 24.
According to the Associated Press, more than 3,700 lawsuits were filed while the law was in effect.