Hotel Video From 2016 Shows Famous Rapper Beating Girlfriend.

Photo: Screen capture from video published by CNN. A man who appears to be Combs is clad in a white towel, while a woman lies on the ground.
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A closed circuit TV recording from a hotel  has emerged appearing to show rap music performer and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, also known as P. Diddy, attacking his then girlfriend singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura in a hotel hallway in 2016.

The video, aired by CNN, has “surfaced” in the wake of allegations by Ms Ventura about her ex-boyfriend and producer in a lawsuit last year.

Last year Cassie brought a lawsuit accusing the musician of ohysical violence and rape, but this was very quickly settled out of court.

She has not commented on the video but her lawyer said it confirms “the disturbing and predatory behaviour of Mr Combs”.

A lawyer for Mr Combs did not respond to requests from CNN or the BBC for comment.

BBC News says it been able to independently verify the video, which appears to be a edited compilation of surveillance footage angles dated 5 March 2016.

According to CNN, it was filmed at the now-closed InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. CNN said it was able to identify the hotel from old photos of the inside of the hotel.

It is not known how CNN obtained the video recordings, to which it says it has exclusive rights. The video is available on YouTube.

The clip appears to show Ms Ventura leaving a hotel room to walk towards a row of elevators.

A shirtless man is seen holding a towel around his waist, and rushing down a hallway towards her.

When he catches up to her, he grabs her and throws her on the floor, causing her to drop some luggage.

He kicks her while she is on the ground, before picking up her bags and kicking her a second time then attempting to drag her by her shirt.

The attacker is seen leaving for a moment, before returning and shoving Ms Ventura as she stands up. He then sits in a chair near the lifts and throws an object.

A lawyer for R&B singer Ms Ventura, Douglas Wigdor, said in a statement: “The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behaviour of Mr Combs.

“Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said on Friday that the assault captured in the video might be too old to prosecute due to the statute of limitations.

“We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch,” it said in a statement.

“If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted.”

In a now-settled federal lawsuit last year, Ms Ventura alleged that “around March 2016” Mr Combs “became extremely intoxicated and punched Ms Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye”.

“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.

“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,” the documents said.

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