Danity Kane members Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods have spoken out in support of Cassie amid her devastating lawsuit accusing her ex, Diddy, of rape and abuse.
“I am in full support of Cassie,” O’Day shared in a statement to ET. “It isn’t easy to take on one of the most powerful people in this industry and be honest about your experience with them. I know what her heart is feeling right now, because I have done so as well. May her voice bring all the others to the table, so we can start having more transparent conversations about what is actually happening behind the scenes. There is a lot more to all of our stories!”
D. Woods echoes the sentiment on Instagram, posting a message on Friday (Nov. 17) that reads, “Self worth, peace of mind and the right to speak your TRUTH. Cassie you are incredibly brave to shine light on what you endured in the dark. I’m sorry you had to go through it alone. I’m praying for your continued strength and I offer my full support to you.”
Danity Kane, which also included Dawn Richard, Aundrea Fimbres and Shannon Bex at various times throughout its existence, was formed back in 2005 on Diddy’s Making the Band. The group was also later signed to his Bad Boy Records label.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court this week, attorneys for Cassie (full name Casandra Ventura) claimed she “endured over a decade of his violent behavior and disturbed demands,” including repeated physical attacks and forcing her to “engage in sex acts with male sex workers” while he masturbated.
According to the complaint, after she attempted to separate from him in 2018 after an on-and-off public relationship for 11 years, Combs “forced her into her home and raped her while she repeatedly said ‘no’ and tried to push him away.” See the full details of the lawsuit here.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the confidential National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org.
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