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Howard University Returns Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ $1 Million Donation Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Howard University’s board of trustees unanimously voted to rescind Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ honorary degree, which he was awarded in 2014. The university stated that his behavior, as evidenced in the 2016 video, is “fundamentally incompatible” with its core values and beliefs. The board went as far as to remove his name from the university’s list of honorary degree recipients, emphasizing that this was a symbolic gesture reflecting their commitment to upholding integrity and respect.

Combs, who attended Howard University from 1987 to 1989, had his $1 million donation from 2016 returned to him. Additionally, the scholarship program created in his name has been disbanded. This scholarship was intended to support undergraduate students pursuing business degrees, offering them financial assistance, mentorship from Combs Enterprises, and summer internships at his various ventures, including Bad Boy Entertainment and Revolt.

Howard University has also canceled a 2023 agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation for another $1 million donation, though fortunately, this money had not yet been transferred.

The decision by Howard comes in the wake of mounting legal troubles for Combs. He has faced seven sexual assault lawsuits, including one brought by Cassie Ventura, which was settled on undisclosed terms last year. The infamous 2016 video, recently obtained by CNN, shows Combs physically assaulting Ventura in a hotel hallway. Despite his subsequent apology, the damage was done, and the court of public opinion has not been kind.

Federal agents have also searched Combs’ properties earlier this year, and there are rumors that his accusers may be called to testify before a grand jury. Although no charges have been filed yet, the specter of potential indictments looms large over Combs’ future.

The media company Combs founded in 2013, Revolt, has undergone a significant transformation. Combs sold his majority stake in Revolt, making the employees the largest shareholder group. This new ownership model aims to ensure that those driving the company’s growth can benefit directly from its success.

“Today, we are most proud of the transformation that our teams will experience as they shift from being employees to owners of the business they are helping to build,” said CEO Detavio Samuels. Revolt’s mission to be the home for creators that move Black culture globally remains unchanged, even as Combs’ shares have been fully redeemed and retired.

Despite stepping down as chairman of Revolt in November, allegations continue to haunt Combs. Once celebrated for his contributions to music and culture, his legacy is now under intense scrutiny. Howard University’s decision underscores the importance of accountability. As more details emerge, the public will watch closely how Combs and his associated entities navigate this turbulent chapter.

Do you think Howard University made the right call by returning Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ $1 million donation amid his legal troubles, or should they have kept the money to support students despite the allegations? Drop your thoughts in the comments below—let’s get the conversation going!

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