Howard University Cuts Ties With Sean 'Diddy' Combs Over Assault Video

Howard University has cut ties with Sean 'Diddy' Combs, rescinding his honorary degree and ending a scholarship program after a 2016 video showing Combs attacking Cassie surfaced. The university deemed his behavior incompatible with its core values. Combs admitted to the assault and issued a public apology.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 09-06-2024 11:31 IST | Created: 09-06-2024 11:31 IST
Howard University Cuts Ties With Sean 'Diddy' Combs Over Assault Video
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Howard University has officially severed ties with Sean 'Diddy' Combs, rescinding an honorary degree bestowed upon him and discontinuing a scholarship program named in his honor. This decision follows the release of a 2016 video depicting Combs assaulting R&B singer Cassie. In a statement, the university's Board of Trustees declared, "Mr. Combs' behavior, as captured in the recently released video, is fundamentally incompatible with Howard University's core values and beliefs." The Board's unanimous vote led to the return of the honorary degree awarded in 2014, along with revoking all associated honors and privileges.

Additionally, the Board directed administrators to cut all financial ties with Combs, including returning a USD 1 million donation and terminating a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation. The Associated Press reached out to Combs' representatives for comment. Last month, Combs publicly admitted to the assault and expressed remorse, stating, "I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I was disgusted then when I did it. I'm disgusted now."

A lawsuit filed by Cassie, legally known as Cassandra Ventura, last year spurred a series of similar accusations against Combs. Although that lawsuit has been settled, the fallout continues.

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