Rapper Cam’ron left CNN anchor Abby Phillip stunned during a disastrous interview discussing the video of Sean “Diddy” Combs assaulting Cassie Ventura.

In an interview that’s since gone viral, Cam’ron, whose real name is Cameron Giles, was asked if he recognized that side of Combs that’s shown in the disturbing clip.

“Everything in the video is egregious, I’m against,” the rapper, 48, said on “NewsNight,” clarifying that he doesn’t consider Combs a friend. “So when I saw the video, I was kinda upset being that I know him.”

Cam’ron left CNN anchor Abby Phillip stunned during a disastrous interview discussing the video of Sean “Diddy” Combs assaulting Cassie Ventura. CNN

However, the interview appeared to take a turn when Phillip reiterated the question.

“I don’t know him like that. What do you mean did I recognize him? I seen him,” he said. “What do you mean my experiences? I seen him and I thought it was disgusting, I didn’t do a zoom in to see if it was really him or nothing, but he admitted it was him so yeah, it was him.”

In the footage released by the outlet, Combs was seen throwing Ventura, his then-girlfriend, to the floor in a hotel before kicking her, dragging her down a hallway and then throwing things at her.

Phillip asked Cam’ron on his thoughts about Combs’ apology video, released Sunday, in which he said he took “full responsibility” for his actions before waxing about how he was at “rock bottom” when the video was filmed.

Combs said he’d been going to therapy since then to become a better person, and that he was “disgusted” with himself at the time of the beating, and still is today.

“The apology ain’t for me, it’s for Cassie,” Cam’ron said in response. “He ain’t do nothing for me. What I think about it don’t matter. You need to ask Cassie if she accepts the apology. I said what I said.”

Cam’ron was asked if he recognized that side of Combs that’s shown in the disturbing clip. AP

The CNN anchor then played a clip of Cam’ron speaking to fellow rapper Mase on his podcast.

In the video, Cam’ron asks Mase why he took him to The Notorious B.I.G. instead of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records after securing a record deal.

“Being that I saw you as a good friend, I wanted you with somebody I knew,” Mase says in the clip.  “Instantly I knew Biggie would do right by you.”

In his apology video, released Sunday, Combs said he took “full responsibility” for his actions. Diddy/Instagram

Here’s what we know about the allegations against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

  • CNN released an exclusive video of Sean “Diddy” Combs abusing his ex-girlfriend, singer Cassie Ventura, on March 5, 2016.
  • The Bad Boy Entertainment founder can be seen in the clip kicking, dragging, stomping and throwing items at the “Me and U” singer.
  • Despite the viral clip, the LA District Attorney’s Office says it can’t prosecute Combs over the video because the incident took place too long ago and the statute of limitations has expired.
  • Diddy released an apology video for his actions on Instagram, citing his “inexcusable behavior” for beating Ventura and saying, “I was f–ked up.”
  • Ventura’s lawyer Meredith Firetog lashed out at Diddy’s “pathetic” apology, saying “Combs’ most recent statement is more about himself than the many people he has hurt.”
  • Ventura filed a lawsuit against Combs in November 2023 based on several allegations, including rape and physical abuse for over a decade.
  • Combs and Ventura settled the lawsuit one day after she filed it.
  • Model Crystal McKinney then filed a separate lawsuit accusing the rapper of drugging her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a 2003 visit to his NYC studio when she was 22.
  • NYC Mayor Eric Adams says his administration is considering taking back Combs’ key to the city after the horrifying footage surfaced.

When asked about Combs’ behavior in the music industry, Cam’ron becomes visibly frustrated by the question.

The rapper took a sip of PinkHorsePower — a supplement he owns that helps improve libido — before saying, “Sorry, I’m gonna’ go get some cheeks after this horse power drink.”

“I don’t really know Puff like Mase knows Puff,” he said, referring to Combs by his nickname.

Cam’ron clarified that he doesn’t consider Combs a friend, despite knowing him for decades. WireImage

“I appreciate what Mase said and of course, that’s my brother so if he felt that way, he felt that way. I can’t really tell you how Puff moves, Mase would know better than me.”

Cam’ron then promoted his podcast, before a visibly mortified Phillip asked him a question about the music industry and if Combs is protected by people in high places.

“Who’s the talent agent for this joint? You think I be sitting around watching what Diddy do? I didn’t know this was a Diddy joint that y’all invited me to. Who booked me for this joint?” he snapped.

The rapper took a sip of PinkHorsePower — a supplement he owns that helps improve libido — live on air. CNN

Later, the rapper wrote on Instagram, “F–k they invite me on CNN for?”

Combs has been hit with five other lawsuits since Ventura’s alleging rape, sexual misconduct and other alarming charges.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788.

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