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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs returns Key to the City of New York at Mayor Eric Adams’ request after Cassie assault video

Three weeks after Sean “Diddy” Combs was seen beating up his then-girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, in a leaked video in 2016, he has given back the keys to New York City, at the request of New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

On June 4, Adams sent a letter to Combs, 54, informing him that the keys had been revoked and demanding that he return them immediately. Copies of the letter were mailed to the New York and Los Angeles offices of the rapper’s company, Combs Enterprises LLC.

Deputy Mayor for Communications Fabian Levy confirmed to Fox News Digital on Saturday that the keys were returned to the city on June 10.

“Like many people, I was deeply disturbed by the recent video footage of Sean Diddy Combs assaulting his then-partner,” Adams said in the letter, obtained by Fox News Digital.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has given back the keys to New York City at the request of Mayor Eric Adams. (Getty)

The mayor continued, “I strongly condemn these acts and stand in solidarity with all victims of domestic and sexual violence. Our city has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of victims are heard and understood by the government.”

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“The Key to New York City is presented to an individual whose contributions to the public and the public interest reach the highest levels of achievement and who serves as a role model for fellow and future New Yorkers,” Adams added.

“After internal deliberations, the New York City Key Board has recommended that Mr. Combs’ keys be deactivated and revoked.”

“I accept their recommendation and urge Mr. Combs to immediately turn his keys back to the city,” the mayor concluded. “City records will be updated to reflect our decision.”

Mayor Adams and Didi at an important ceremony

In his letter, Adams wrote that he was “deeply disturbed” after seeing the video of Combs assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Cassie Ventura. (Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Combs received the key from Adams during a ceremony in New York’s Times Square on September 15, 2023.

A representative for Combs did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Exclusively obtained surveillance video from 2016 shows From CNN Combs, who was released on May 17, was seen brutally beating Ventura in a Los Angeles hotel hallway while wearing socks and a towel around his waist.

The video partially supported the lawsuit Ventura filed against the entertainment mogul in November. On November 16, Ventura accused Combs of physical and sexual abuse in federal court. However, the next day, the two sides reached an out-of-court settlement, and Ventura dropped the lawsuit.

Diddy holds the key

Combs received the keys from Adams last September. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The keys aren’t the only accolade the big man has lost since the shocking video surfaced.

Last week, Howard University announced that by a unanimous vote of its board of trustees on June 7, it had revoked the honorary degree it had awarded to Combs.

“Mr. Combs’ behavior, captured on the recently released video, is fundamentally incompatible with the core values ​​and beliefs of Howard University and he is no longer deemed worthy of receiving the university’s highest honors,” a statement on the university’s website said.

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“The Howard University Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the return of Sean Combs’ honorary degree awarded to him in 2014,” the statement continued. “This approval results in the revocation of all honors and privileges associated with the degree. Accordingly, the Board has directed that his name be removed from all documents listing Howard University honorary degree recipients.”

Cassie, wearing a red dress, leans on Diddy, who is wearing a black printed top, on the carpet.

Diddy apologized for his “unacceptable” behavior in May but did not name Ventura. (Getty Images)

“The University firmly opposes all acts of interpersonal violence,” the statement added.

The university also returned a $1 million gift from Combs, dissolved a scholarship program in his name and terminated a $1 million gift agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation for 2023.

Combs apologized in an Instagram video in May, calling his actions “unacceptable” but never named Ventura.

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“It’s very hard to look back on the darkest times of your life, but sometimes you have to. I was at my worst. I hit rock bottom. But I make no excuses,” he said. Said“My behavior in that video is unacceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions in that video.”

Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this report.