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Diddy’s defenders can’t forget disturbing attack video

“Time tells the truth.”

That was the cryptic Instagram post from disgraced hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, just days before surveillance video revealed the truth: that he had physically assaulted his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in 2016.

The disturbing footage – first seen by CNN – shows Ventura attempting to leave a hotel room with her belongings before being attacked by Combs. Diddy, wearing only a beach towel wrapped around his waist, can be seen in the disturbing video grabbing, shoving, dragging and kicking Ventura on the floor. Such filmed abuse corroborates the formal complaint Ventura filed against Combs last year, in which she states that the attack took place “around March 2016” when her ex “followed her into the hallway of the hotel and yelled at her.”

“He grabbed her, then picked up glass vases in the hallway and threw them at her, causing glass to shatter around her as she ran to the elevator to escape,” Combs is further accused in the complaint.

The now viral footage reveals all of this – and shows that Diddy was a monster all along.

It’s no longer an accusation: Diddy physically attacked Cassie.

This is no longer speculation: video footage details the excessive violence, anger and torture Diddy used against Cassie.

Translation: Cassie told the truth that she was abused and Diddy lied about it.

It’s a shame that in 2024 – after an era of the #MeToo movement for women and abuse victims – only the most haunting and traumatic evidence can spark a public outcry. It wasn’t Ventura’s earlier high-profile complaint in which she accused Diddy of years of abuse – despite an immediate settlement with him in response. No, it took a video showing Diddy categorically and relentlessly hurting Ventura for several celebrities to now offer their condolences. It should be noted that despite settling their civil dispute, Combs has previously repeatedly denied Ventura’s allegations.

This is the sobering, groundbreaking moment that was long overdue in hip-hop in the #MeToo era. Sure, the late hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has come under fire recently for allegations of sexual abuse over the years, but nothing has sparked public outrage and shock quite like Diddy’s videotaping. For far too long, powerful men and their supporters in the culture have weaponized their black identity, wealth and fame to evade accountability.

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Because of this, rappers like Slim Thug, who had previously defended Diddy and denied Cassie’s allegations on social media, thought they were trying to “ride along with the black man without any charges being brought against him yet.”

Now they have to admit that they were not on the “right side”.

“I accept this defeat. But I’m still going to ride with my people until I see some proof that I don’t believe blogs or civil suits,” Slim Thug posted on Instagram on Friday after the video was released. “Apologies to Cassie and everyone else who was on the right side this time.”

But how many times have we seen culture use these wait-and-see tactics? When I saw all of the erroneous hip-hop blogs consistently spreading misinformation during the trial and conviction of rapper Tory Lanez, who is now behind bars for shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion, I realized how intent society is on not letting go of its male idols. The public’s knee-jerk reaction to paint any female accuser as a money-grabber or opportunist has helped men like Diddy, who often ride the wave of misogyny.

Until a stunning piece of “evidence” sets everything on fire.

Such bait and switch tactics from society lately make me think of women like former TV host Dee Barnes and singer Michel’le, who continue to pursue the careers of hip-hop legends like Dr. Dre despite repeatedly speaking openly about the physical abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of him. It feels like a show-and-tell game where it’s OK for people to hear about it, without hoping to ever see it. Now that Diddy is in front of the camera, it’s hard for anyone to look away.

Time has now revealed the truth in two annoying ways: Diddy’s ouster is officially justified – but it’s a damn shame that it took a devastating video to do it.

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