And it's come to this

The sorry (c)rapper

BBC home page: Diddy apologies after video shows attack on ex-girlfriend. The rapper says he's sorry for his “disgusting behaviour” in a statement on social media
BBC home page

Rapper Sean Diddy Combs has apologised, after he was caught on CCTV physically attacking an ex-girlfriend in 2016.

He truly regrets getting caught, and he'll ensure that any future outbursts of domestic violence are conducted away from prying cameras.


Combs claimed in a statement that I was disgusted when I did it. I'm disgusted now and that he is committed to being a better man each and every day, which of course explains why he denied everything until the footage was released. Because that's what truly contrite, better people do. (rolleyes)


The victim has broken her silence for the first time since the footage was released and Diddy decided he was remorseful after all. What with being caught on camera an' all.

The star, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, said domestic violence "broke me down to someone never thought would become".

Steven McIntosh, entertainment reporter, BBC News

BBC home page: Cassie posts first statement since Diddy footage
BBC home page

Which suggests that either her statement has become yet another victim of the BBC's inability to use copy/paste without fucking it up, or that Diddy gave her one hell of a beating all those eight years ago.

And it only takes another five paragraphs for the root cause to be identified, when McIntosh quotes from her Instagram post: It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become.

All's well that ends well.


The star, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, said domestic violence "broke me down to someone I never thought I would become".

Steven McIntosh, entertainment reporter, BBC News

Ooh, it's been automagically, and invisibly, fixed. Which means McIntosh now only needlessly repeats himself.*

Fortunately, after a brief period of inactivity, the world's most trusted international news broadcaster™'s accountability coach, the Wayback Machine, seems to have returned to duty as the Hasmyback Machine. (thumbup)

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Curiously, a brief series of captures seems to have caught McIntosh, or one of his PRPP comrades, in mid-edit:

The star, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, said domestic violence "broke me down to someone I never thought [I] would become".

Steven McIntosh, entertainment reporter, BBC News (via Wayback Machine)

This cack-handed attempt to paper over the cracks reopens the question as to whether the original text was the subject of McIntosh's brain damage or Ventura's. But it's not as if I'm going to venture onto Instagram to read her histrionic outpouring of fragility firsthand.


* Just in case it gets re-reedited:

The star, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, said domestic violence "broke me down to someone I never thought I would become". The video of the attack in 2016 was released last week by CNN. Ms Ventura had alleged her ex-boyfriend and producer assaulted her in a legal action last year. Diddy apologised at the weekend, commenting in an Instagram video: "I was disgusted when I did it. I'm disgusted now." In her statement, which was posted to Instagram, Ms Ventura thanked her friends, family and the public for their support. "The outpouring of love has created a place for my younger self to settle and feel safe now, but this is only the beginning," she said. "Domestic Violence is THE issue. It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become. With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but I will always be recovering from my past."

Steven McIntosh, entertainment reporter, BBC News