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Sean 'Diddy' Combs was repeatedly 'physical' with Cassie and Kim Porter, ex-bodyguard says

Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

To Sean “Diddy” Combs’ former bodyguard, the embattled music mogul and alcohol entrepreneur has a “God syndrome.”

“He’s a king manipulator. He can manipulate anything, anyone,” said Roger Bonds, Combs’ former head of security. “Money and power is all he’s all about.”

Bonds, who served on Combs’ security staff for nearly a decade, from 2003 to 2012, said in a recent interview with Piers Morgan that Combs’ ex-girlfriend Casandra “Cassie” Ventura was one of the people manipulated by the Bad Boy Records co-founder. He also claimed on Monday that Ventura — who sued the rapper in November, alleging assault — wasn’t the only woman who allegedly suffered physical violence from Combs.

Late model and actor Kim Porter was also subjected to the hip-hop star’s violent attacks, Bonds alleged. The ex-bodyguard said he witnessed Combs “smack” and “grab” Porter. Combs and Porter were romantically linked from 1994 to 2007 and share three children. Their son Christian “King” Combs was sued for alleged sexual assault in April. Porter died in 2018 of lobar pneumonia. She was 47.

A representative for Combs did not immediately respond Tuesday to The Times’ request for comment.

Bonds told Morgan he saw Combs get violent with women “around four or five times” during his tenure and added, “I’ve seen him get physical ... grab ‘em up.”

 

Combs, who is facing several sexual assault lawsuits and a federal probe, became the center of renewed controversy last week when CNN published hotel security footage showing the 2016 assault alleged by Ventura. During the incident, which the singer detailed in her since-settled lawsuit, Combs can be seen chasing, grabbing, kicking and throwing a glass vase at her. Combs apologized over the weekend for his actions in the video — but some critics, including Bonds, didn’t buy his Instagram apology.

“I think he said what people wanted to hear, not what he felt,” Bonds said. He also told Morgan that he did not find the video of Combs’ 2016 assault surprising, noting, “I’ve seen things to this nature before.”

Bonds, whom Ventura named in her lawsuit, described multiple alleged accounts of Combs’ violence toward the women in his close circles — including an incident with Porter in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He did not share when the alleged incident happened, but said the former partners were fighting in a vehicle.

“Kim got out the car like nothing happened, and she fixed her hair, and she told him, ‘I want to see you explain to the media that scratch I’m gonna put across your face if you put your hands on me again,’” Bonds recalled.

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