The Adult Survivors Act cited in Ventura’s complaint took effect on Nov. 24, 2022, and has since been used to file cases against several celebrities in addition to Combs — including Bill Cosby, disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, former president Donald Trump, and, most recently, music executive L.A. Reid, per Forbes
. These civil suits mean plaintiffs like Ventura cannot sue the accused for criminal prosecution but instead seek monetary damages. However, civil accusations like Combs’ can turn into criminal charges
should the state or government decides there is enough evidence to pursue legal action. While that may not sound like justice to some, cases like Ventura’s bring more awareness to the groundbreaking law holding powerful, abusive industry men to the fire.
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