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Howard University cuts ties with Diddy and revokes honorary doctorate over assault video

Howard University has decided to cut ties with rapper and graduate Sean “Diddy” Combs following the recent release of surveillance video showing the rapper physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

In a opinion On Friday, the private, traditionally black university in Washington, DC, announced that it would strip him of the honorary doctorate he received in 2014. The board of trustees also called for severing ties with the rapper, including rejecting his 2016 “gift agreement” in which he pledged $1 million and a 2023 pledge agreement to the Sean Combs Foundation, and ending the scholarship program in his name.

The decision comes just weeks after CNN released footage of Diddy's 2016 attack on his then-girlfriend, singer-songwriter Cassie Ventura. The video, released as Diddy faced other legal troubles, shows him throwing, kicking and dragging her in the hallway of a Los Angeles hotel.

“Mr. Combs' conduct, as captured in a recently released video, is so fundamentally inconsistent with the core values ​​and beliefs of Howard University that he is no longer deemed worthy to bear the institution's highest honor,” said the university's statement, which rejects all acts of interpersonal violence.

Diddy's team did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment on Howard University's announcement.

In response to the release of the video, Diddy released a one-minute apology video on social media on May 19 and said he was “disgusted” by his actions in the video, both then and now. He added that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions and that they happened during the “darkest time” of his life.

Days later Ventura published a statement She thanked the public for their support following the release of the hotel video and urged the public to “open their hearts and believe the victims the first time.”

Diddy has a long history of legal problems. Over the past six months, the rapper has been accused of violence and assault, which he has vehemently denied. On November 19, filed a complaint alleging sexual assault and abuse against Diddy, which was settled a day later. Others have come forward with allegations of assault, harassment and violence.

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