Howard University Revokes Diddy’s Honorary Degree; To Return His $1m Donation

The Howard University Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly to withdraw Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ honorary degree from 2014.

 

The decision was made after CNN aired a 2016 security footage of Combs physically abusing his former girlfriend, singer Cassie Ventura, at the now-closed InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles.

 

The historically Black college or university in Washington, DC, has announced that it will discontinue its scholarship program in Combs’ honor.

 

“This acceptance revokes all honors and privileges associated with the degree,” the Howard University Board of Trustees stated. The Board has directed that Combs’ name be removed from all Howard University honorary degree recipients’ lists.

 

The College stated that “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 is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence,” the board stated, linked to the school’s “Interpersonal Violence Prevention” homepage.

 

The Board has also authorized the University administration to cancel a 2016 gift agreement with Combs, close the scholarship program in his name, and refund his $1 million contribution. Howard will also terminate a $1 million pledge deal with the Sean Combs Foundation, which was signed in 2023.As of this writing, the Sean Combs Foundation had not made any payments on that obligation.

 

Howard University’s announcement comes amid the ongoing scandal surrounding the once-popular Bad Boy Records music entrepreneur. Combs has faced eight lawsuits since November, when Ventura accused him of abuse during their relationship and rape in 2018.

 

Combs has been sued multiple times for s*xual assault and other criminal acts. He has not replied to all of the charges against him, although he has disputed claims in numerous litigation proceedings.

 

The US Department of Homeland Security’s investigative arm has already opened a federal investigation into Combs and alleged s*x trafficking. Investigators searched his Los Angeles and Miami homes on March 25 as part of the investigation. There have been no federal criminal accusations made against the music executive.

 

The surveillance video published by CNN could be used as evidence in the federal inquiry.

 

 

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