'The View' Co-Host Alyssa Farrah Griffin Reveals Past Domestic Abuse When Discussing Diddy Scandal

During a discussion about Diddy scandal on 'The View,' Alyssa Farah Griffin shared her experience with domestic abuse and called for greater empathy and accountability for survivors.

AceShowbiz - Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host of the popular daytime talk show "The View", has opened up about her own harrowing experience with domestic violence. At 34, Griffin's professional journey spans roles including working for Mike Pence and Donald Trump's communications team before she resigned in 2020 and joined The View in 2022. Despite her achievements, she revealed a more personal and painful chapter of her life in a bid to encourage more compassion for survivors of domestic abuse.

Griffin's revelation came amid the show's discussion on a controversial video of rapper P. Diddy assaulting his ex-girlfriend Cassie in a hotel hallway back in 2016. The discussion was heated, particularly when panelist Ana Navarro heavily criticized Diddy's apology video, which followed CNN's broadcast of the assault footage.

Griffin shared her thoughts towards the end of the segment, pointing out the shortcomings in Diddy's apology. "There was no message to young men," she said, suggesting that Diddy should have used his platform to discourage abusive behavior. She continued, "Part of this conversation I've seen since this video emerged is this question of why didn't she leave. I want to speak to that."

Using her own experience to frame the broader issue, Griffin said, "I once was a victim of domestic abuse in a prior relationship. It happened once. I was one of the lucky ones where the power dynamics were in my favor. I could leave, I could walk away, I could remove myself from him."

However, she underscored that this situation is far from the norm for many. "In the vast majority of cases, it's not the case that abused partners can leave a toxic relationship as easily as I did."

She further emphasized that barriers like financial abuse and emotional manipulation often trap victims in their situations, adding, "There's an entire industry of making money off of him. She had no hope to get away from him."

Despite the statute of limitations preventing the Los Angeles Police Department District Attorney's office from holding Diddy accountable, Griffin highlighted the need for accountability among those who enabled the behavior.

Diddy's apology video stated, "I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I'm disgusted. I was disgusted then when I did it. I'm disgusted now... I'm not asking for forgiveness. I'm truly sorry." However, it did little to quell the backlash, especially after Cassie's lawsuit against Diddy, filed in November 2023, was settled out of court the day after it was filed.

The episode's discussion served as a powerful reminder of the complexities surrounding domestic violence and the critical importance of supporting survivors. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, resources such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233, thehotline.org) are available 24/7, offering toll-free, confidential support in more than 170 languages.

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