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Just days after CNN published a hotel surveillance video from 2016 that seemed to show music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs grabbing, shoving, kicking and dragging his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura, megachurch pastors T.D. Jakes and Jamal Bryant spoke out against domestic violence in their recent sermons. Bryant, who leads New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia, called the video “brutal” and said Combs deserves to not just be “in jail” for what he witnessed but “under the jail” in his sermon.

Bryant said, “Let me be the first one to say on record that P. Diddy belongs in jail. Not just in jail, under the jail. And any person who feels comfortable abusing our women, let me go a step further, and abusing our children needs to be held accountable on that wise. Bryant also shared information on the National Domestic Violence hotline with the members of his church, including men, who he says are also abused in relationships. He apologized to the women who have been encouraged by the church to stay in relationships even when they are being abused.

“Let me first say to those of you who have been victims of domestic violence, let me first apologize that the Body of Christ has not been more forthright in covering you and protecting you and being a beacon light of security for you,” Bryant said, noting that the church has been silent on domestic violence even as abuse happens among couples of the faith. Bryant argued, “Let me say to you that we believe that God is a god of transformation. Our responsibility is not just to cover the victims but to transform the abusers. Because what we don’t want to talk about, it is not just the victims of domestic violence who are in church, but the perpetrators of domestic violence go in the church. And they need to be transformed and held accountable and responsible. As your pastor, I’m going to pray for him and call the police.”

While condemning domestic violence, Jakes, who has been publicly tied to Combs, did not directly name but reportedly referenced a video he watched on social media on his way to church on Sunday, according to The Shade Room. “When I saw the images that have been floating over the news all week, it became difficult to watch the atrocious, degrading, demeaning debauchery. I know who it was, but I saw my daughters,” he said, as seen in a clip of the sermon shared by The Shade Room.

Jakes continued, “As a man, I saw my daughters, and it made me angry. And I thought if it affected me like that as a man, how much more is that image a trigger for women who have been through that, who are currently going through that and feel trapped in situations where you are being physically and, emotionally and verbally abused?” In a statement published on Instagram to her more than 10 million followers, Ventura expressed gratitude for the love and support she has received. In March, the relationship between Jakes and Combs came under renewed public scrutiny following raids on two of Combs’ homes by federal agents and a recent lawsuit filed by Christian music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones alleging a slew of sex, gun and drug crimes.

In his 98-page lawsuit filed in U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York, Jones alleged that he was sexually harassed, drugged and threatened by Combs while he lived and worked with Combs from September 2022 to November 2023. Jones claims he recorded hours of video and audio of Combs, his staff and others “engaging in serious illegal activity,” including drug use, shootings and sex crimes. Among the recordings he allegedly made, Jones lists one of “Combs detailing how he planned to leverage his relationship with Bishop T.D. Jakes to soften the impact on his public image of Cassie Ventura’s lawsuit.”

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