She’s no longer waking up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy.
Kesha appeared to cut her Sean “Diddy” Combs reference in her hit 2009 song “Tik Tok” in the wake of singer Cassie’s lawsuit accusing her ex of rape and abuse.
The song’s opening line begins with, “Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy.”
However, during a performance in Oakland, California, on Friday, Kesha, 36, sang: “Wake up in the morning feeling just like me.”
Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, filed an explosive lawsuit against Combs, 54, on Thursday, which they’ve since settled.
According to Cassie’s federal lawsuit, Combs allegedly trafficked, raped and viciously beat her throughout their on-and-off 13-year relationship. The exes met in 2005 when Cassie was 19 and Combs was 37, and they officially went their separate ways in 2018.
“After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships,” Cassie said in a statement.
The lawsuit claimed that Combs repeatedly gave Cassie drugs and alcohol and forced her to have sex with sex workers while he filmed, directed and masturbated to the encounters.
According to the lawsuit, Cassie was told by Combs in 2016 that her single would not see the light of day if she left him.
The “Me & U” singer revealed that she attempted to escape Combs several times but returned due to the hip-hop legend allegedly threatening to tank her career.
Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement on the rapper’s behalf shortly after, saying he “vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.” He also alleged that Cassie had been asking Combs for $30 million “under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail.”
“Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday,” Brafman told Page Six.
Combs and Ventura later managed to settle out of court one day after Cassie’s filing.
According to Cassie’s lawyer, both sides “resolved the claims … to their mutual satisfaction” despite not going into details.
“I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control,” Cassie said. “I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”
Combs, for his part, said in a statement: “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably. I wish Cassie and her family all the best.”
In a second statement provided to CBS News, Brafman added: “Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
Ventura’s plight is similar to the one Kesha went through in 2014 when she sued music producer Dr. Luke, claiming he had been “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.”
The “Cannibal” singer claimed that Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, drugged and raped her at a party in 2005 and emotionally tormented her for years after. He denied the allegations.
Following several years of back-and-forth litigation, the “Prayers” singer and the producer settled the dispute out of court in an undisclosed deal in June.
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