Howard University returns $1M donation to Sean 'Diddy' Combs amid sexual abuse allegations

Following a video released showing rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs violently attacking ex-girlfriend and R&B singer Cassie Ventura, Howard University decides to severe financial ties and agreements.

Published: June 10, 2024 3:06pm

Howard University has severed ties with music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs after the recent release of a 2016 video in which he's seen attacking R&B singer Cassie Ventura. 

The decision Friday by the Howard University Board of Trustees will result in a significant financial loss for the Historically Black College and its students – the end of Combs' foundation and scholarship fund, to which he contributed $1 million annually. 

The board voted unanimously to end agreements made between the school and Combs, who faced multiple sex-trafficking lawsuits and who last year settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Ventura. The female musician accused him of sexual assault and sex trafficking, NBC reported. 

Along with the return of the donation, the honorary degree given to Combs in 2014 was revoked and the 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation was terminated.

“Mr. Combs’ behavior as captured in a recently released video is so fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs that he is deemed no longer worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor,” the university said in a statement.

On March 25, Homeland Security raided his homes in Los Angeles and Miami following multiple sex trafficking lawsuits. He has not been arrested or charged in connection with the allegations.

“I did not do any of the awful things being alleged,” he said amid news of federal investigations.

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