Sean 'Diddy' Combs Breaks Silence on Video of Cassie Assault: 'I Take Full Responsibility for My Actions'

The music mogul said in an Instagram video that he was "disgusted when I did it" and is "disgusted" now

<p>Getty(2)</p> Sean "Diddy" Combs and Cassie


Sean "Diddy" Combs and Cassie
  • Sean 'Diddy' Combs issued an apology after video of a physical assault against singer Cassie was leaked Friday

  • The rapper and mogul never addresses his ex-girlfriend by name

  • "I take full responsibility for my actions in that video," he said.

Sean “Diddy” Combs is reacting to the release of a 2016 video that shows him shoving and kicking his ex-girlfriend Cassie.

On Sunday, May 19, the rapper and mogul shared a statement via an Instagram video, captioned with the words: "I'm truly sorry."

"It's so difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life," Combs, 54, said in the footage. "Sometimes you gotta do that. I was f---ed up. I mean I hit rock bottom but I make no excuses. My behavior on that video is inexcusable."

He continued, "I take full responsibility for my actions in that video."

"Disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it, I'm disgusted now. I went and I sought out professional help, going to therapy, going to rehab. I had to ask God for his mercy and grace. I'm so sorry, but I'm committed to be a better man. Each and every day," Combs added.

The music mogul then concluded his statement by stating that he is "not asking for forgiveness" and was "truly sorry."

A representative for Combs did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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Prior to his most recent statement, Combs shared a post on Instagram on Tuesday, May 14, that read, "Time tells truth."

He captioned that post: "LOVE 🖤💫✨⚡️."

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The surveillance video, released by CNN on May 17, shows an altercation between Combs and Cassie (born Casandra Ventura) that matches allegations she made in a now-settled lawsuit from last November.

The security camera footage shows Ventura exiting a hotel room and walking toward an elevator. Combs follows her and then can be seen grabbing her by the neck and throwing her to the ground, before he is then seen turning to kick her and grab her purse and suitcase.

Combs then kicks her again and begins dragging her back to the hotel room, before he lets go and walks away. He next sits down in a chair and grabs something off of a nearby table, throwing it at Ventura, before walking away. Combs also turns towards her again when someone else exits the elevator.

<p>Rebecca Sapp/WireImage</p> Sean 'Diddy' Combs in Los Angeles in October 2017

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs in Los Angeles in October 2017

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Ventura's attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, said in a statement previously obtained by PEOPLE that the video confirms her allegations. (Combs' lawyer had previously denied any wrongdoing on his part, both when Ventura filed and when she and the rapper later settled.)

“The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs. Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light," Wigdor said in the statement.

In Ventura's now-settled suit, she alleged an extremely similar incident that took place in 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., writing that "Mr. Combs became extremely intoxicated and punched Ms. Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye."

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"After he fell asleep, Ms. Ventura tried to leave the hotel room, but as she exited, Mr. Combs awoke and began screaming at Ms. Ventura," the lawsuit states. "He followed her into the hallway of the hotel while yelling at her. He grabbed at her, and then took glass vases in the hallway and threw them at her, causing glass to crash around them as she ran to the elevator to escape."

Ventura's attorneys wrote that she eventually made it to the elevator and then took a cab home to her apartment, the suit states.

"Upon realizing that her running away would cause Mr. Combs to be even angrier with her, and completely stuck in his vicious cycle of abuse, Ms. Ventura returned to the hotel with the intention of apologizing for running away from her abuser," the complaint adds. "When she returned, hotel security staff urged her to get back into a cab and go to her apartment, suggesting that they had seen the security footage showing Mr. Combs beating Ms. Ventura and throwing glass at her in the hotel hallway."

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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