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Following an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations and lawsuits, music mogul and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs revealed his temporary leave in his role as chairman of Revolt, a Black music TV network he co-founded in 2013.
In the morning on Tuesday, November 28, Revolt published a statement on Instagram announcing that although Combs had no operational or day-to-day role in the business the decision ensures that the company will focus on its mission of creating “meaningful content for the culture.”
“Our focus has always been one that reflects our commitment to the collective journey of REVOLT — one that is not driven by any individual, but by the shared efforts and values of our entire team on behalf of advancing, elevating, and championing our culture – and that continues,” the company stated.
According to TMZ, which first reported his departure, sources close to Combs claim he decided to step down last week out of a refusal to allow the allegations against him to distract from Revolt's mission or success.
Currently, Combs faces sexual abuse accusations from three separate women who filed civil lawsuits the week of the expiration of New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which grants victims of sexual abuse a year-long window to file civil action regardless of the statute of limitations.
The bombshell lawsuit that prompted more fallout came from music artist and Combs’s former partner, Casandra “Cassie” Ventura. In court documents, Ventura claims that at age 19 after Combs signed her to his label Bad Boy Records the two entered a decade-long abusive relationship where Combs controlled every aspect of her life. Allegedly, Combs subjected her to beatings, coercive drug use, sexual assault, sexual battery, forced intercourse with sex workers, and sex trafficking.
After only 24 hours Combs swiftly settled the lawsuit filed by Ventura amicably, the terms of which have not yet been disclosed. Combs’s lawyer Ben Brafman stated on November 18 that the decision to settle the lawsuit is not an admission of guilt.
Nevertheless, as Combs manages the two other lawsuits against him there is no indication of when or if he plans on returning as chairman of Revolt.
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