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Howard University cuts ties with Sean “Diddy” Combs after assault video

Howard University has rescinded an honorary degree awarded to hip-hop legend Sean “Diddy” Combs and severed ties with him just weeks after an interview. A recently released video from 2016 showed him attacking R&B singer and ex-girlfriend, Cassie.

The university's board of trustees said it also directed administrators to end the financial relationship with Combs, including returning a $1 million contribution, ending a scholarship program and terminating a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation.

“Mr. Combs' behavior in the recently released video is so inconsistent with Howard University's core values ​​and beliefs that he is no longer deemed worthy of the institution's highest honor,” a statement said.

The board voted unanimously on Friday to return the honorary degree that Combs received in 2014, the statement said.

It said, “This acceptance revokes all honors and privileges attached to the degree. Accordingly, the Board directs that his name be stricken from all documents listing recipients of honorary degrees of Howard University.”

An email seeking comment was sent Saturday by The Associated Press to a spokesman for Combs.

Last month, CNN released a video of the 2016 attack in a Los Angeles hotel hallway. In a video statement posted to social media, Combs admitted to beating Cassie and said he was “truly sorry” for his “inexcusable” actions.

“I take full responsibility for my actions in that video,” Combs said. “I was disgusted when I did it. I'm still disgusted now. I went and I got professional help. I went to therapy and rehab. I had to ask God for His mercy and grace. I'm so sorry. But I'm committed to being a better person every day. I'm not apologizing. I'm truly sorry.”

The video was the latest in a months-long series of public allegations and revelations of physical and sexual violence against Combs.

A The lawsuit filed by Casey last yearCassandra Ventura, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, described the incident at an Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles' Century City area. She also accused Combs of sexually abusing her and other violence over a period of years. That suit has been settled.


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