Sean 'Diddy' Combs hotel video likely to speed up federal case: investigator


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The shocking release Friday of years-old hotel security video that allegedly shows billionaire entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs beating up then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in Los Angeles is likely to speed up the federal investigation into the Bad Boy Records founder’s conduct, according to an expert on hip-hop related crime.

Derrick Parker, a former investigator with the NYPD’s rap intelligence unit who played a role in the 1999 investigation into a nightclub shooting where Combs was charged but later acquitted, said federal prosecutors are going to react strongly to the newly emerged footage.

“Everybody’s gonna see this, and they’re gonna see what a real dirtbag he is,” Parker told Fox News Digital. “The public itself is gonna see him in a different light. The government now is likely gonna accelerate his case.”

SEAN ‘DIDDY’ COMBS ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTS EX-GIRLFRIEND CASSIE VENTURA IN NEWLY RELEASED HOTEL VIDEO

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Cassie Ventura

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie Ventura attend “The Perfect Match” premiere in Los Angeles March 7, 2016. (Matt Baron/Shutterstock)

He predicted federal racketeering (RICO) charges against Combs before July 4.

The video, recorded in 2016, remained hidden from public scrutiny until CNN exclusively obtained it Friday afternoon. 

It allegedly shows Combs, wearing just socks and a towel around his waist, brutally beating Ventura in the hallway of a luxe Los Angeles hotel.

“This video is very damaging to his case,” Parker said. “This is gonna hurt him badly, because it adds credence to what Ms. Ventura has been alleging about the abuse from him.”

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A still image from Los Angeles surveillance video appears to show Sean “Diddy” Combs attacking girlfriend Cassie Ventura in 2016. (Obtained Exclusively by CNN)

Ventura sued Combs in November, alleging physical and sexual abuse and described the encounter in court documents. The parties settled a day later for an undisclosed sum.

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“Mr. Combs became extremely intoxicated and punched Ms. Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye,” her lawyers alleged in court documents.

He was drunk, according to the lawsuit, and when he passed out, she tried to sneak out. But he allegedly woke up and resumed screaming at her, followed her into the hallway, threw her on the ground and smashed a vase on the floor.

Diddy wears a leather jacket in a library before a concert.

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ legal team filed a new motion to dismiss claims in one of four lawsuits against the rapper. (Shareif Ziyadat)

More accusers came forward in the following months, and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations raided two of Combs’ mansions in March, leading to widespread speculation that criminal charges would follow.

In addition to the accusers coming forward with civil lawsuits, authorities in Miami arrested a Combs associate named Brendan Paul on drug charges.

“They build these factors into a RICO case,” Parker said. “They had this one supplying him guns. This one supplying drugs. He had all these women at sex parties.”

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Sean “Diddy” Combs rides a bicycle from his home across the Star Island Bridge in Miami Beach, Fla., April 4, 2024.  (Romain Maurice/Mega for Fox News Digital)

Parker said he expects racketeering and trafficking charges.

And the video is going to hurt his defense, Parker said. A lot.

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“It makes him look like a liar, because he said all these things are false allegations against me,” Parker said. “You can’t clear your name over that, kicking her and dragging her and slapping her.”

Combs’ team did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment. 

Parker, who wrote the book “Notorious C.O.P.” about his experience in the NYPD’s hip-hop unit, warned in April that evidence in Ventura’s case would be subpoenaed by the Justice Department, overriding any potential nondisclosure agreement reached in the settlement.

Sean "Diddy" Combs smiles at boaters as they pass by his Star Island home in Miami Beach, Florida

Sean “Diddy” Combs smiles at boaters as they pass by his Star Island home in Miami Beach, Fla., April 7, 2024.  (Zak Bennett for Fox News Digital)

“She already alleged some criminal acts, right before he settled with her,” Parker told Fox News Digital. “They could subpoena her about what she said, how she knew.”

In court filings, she claimed Combs not only raped her and subjected her to physical abuse but also blew up another man’s car, regularly hired prostitutes and forced her to carry his gun and procure drugs.



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