At Mayor Adams’s Request, Rap Mogul Returns New York’s Key To The City Award

( – Sean “Diddy” Combs is one of the biggest music moguls of the hip-hop generation. He’s also been accused of committing horrific acts of violence and sexual offenses. New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has now asked the star to return a prestigious award.

In September 2023, Adams awarded Combs the key to New York City. At the time, Adams said he was awarding, “The bad boy of entertainment […] the key to the city from the bad boy of politics!” Less than a year later, Adams revoked the award.

According to Deadline, the mayor sent a letter to Combs informing him of the decision on June 4. Although numerous women have come forward and accused the rapper of sexual assault, Adams asked for the return of the key because of a video that showed Combs attacking his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel hallway in 2016.

The music mogul has apologized for his actions but in his letter, Adams said he “was deeply disturbed” when he saw the footage. The Democratic mayor condemned Combs’ actions, writing that he stands “in solidarity with all survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.”

Combs returned the key on June 10.

Howard University returned a $1 million donation Combs made to the school and revoked an honorary degree he received in 2014. The historically black college released a statement that said the assault on Cassie was “so fundamentally incompatible” with the school’s “core values and beliefs” that the rapper was not “worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor.”

Approximately half a dozen women and one man have filed lawsuits against the Bad Boy Records founder in recent months. He’s accused of rape, sex trafficking, sexual harassment, and other abusive behavior.

The rapper is also allegedly under federal investigation. The FBI raided his homes in Miami and Los Angeles earlier this year. Rapper 50 Cent, who has been in a feud with Diddy for years, reportedly made a documentary about Combs and sold it to Netflix.

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