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Howard University cuts ties with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs after video of attack on Cassie | National news

Howard University is cutting ties with Sean “Diddy” Combs, revoking an honorary degree awarded to him and dissolving a scholarship program in his name, following a recently released 2016 video that appeared to show him attacking R&B singer Cassie .

“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 considered worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor,” said a statement from the university’s Board of Trustees.

The statement said the board voted unanimously on Friday to accept the return of the honorary degree Combs received in 2014. “This acceptance revokes all honors and privileges associated with the degree. Accordingly, the board ordered his name removed from all documents listing Howard University’s honorary degree recipients.

The board also ordered university administrators to cut financial ties with Combs, including returning a $1 million contribution, ending the scholarship program and rescinding a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation.

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

Combs admitted last month to beating his ex-girlfriend Cassie in a hotel hallway in 2016 after CNN released video of the attack. In a video statement on social media, he said he was “truly sorry” and that his actions were “unforgivable.”

“I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I was disgusted at the time when I did it. I’m disgusted by it now,” Combs said.

A lawsuit filed last year by Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, sparked a wave of similar cases and public accusations against Combs. That lawsuit was settled.

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