Diddy Returns Key To City After Mayor Eric Adams Condemns Violence Toward Cassie

June 15, 2024

In a dramatic turn of events, Sean “Diddy” Combs has returned his Key to the City of New York.

The return is following a stern rebuke from Mayor Eric Adams regarding past abuse towards his ex-partner, Cassie Ventura.

TheWrap reports that Combs returned the key on June 10, 2024, in response to letters sent by the Mayor’s office on June 4 to his New York and Los Angeles residences. Homeland Security had previously raided these homes, as well as his Miami property, in March.

The catalyst for this action was a disturbing video released by CNN last month, depicting Combs assaulting Ventura in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in March 2016. Mayor Adams expressed his profound concern in his letter, stating, “Like many people, I was deeply disturbed by recent footage of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs assaulting his then partner. I strongly condemn these actions and stand in solidarity with all survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. Our city has worked tirelessly to ensure survivors are heard and supported by our administration.”

The Mayor underscored the significance of the Key to the City, explaining, “The Key to the City of New York is presented to individuals whose service to the public and the common good rises to the highest level of achievement, and who act as a model for fellow and future New Yorkers. After internal deliberations, the Key to the City of New York committee recommended nullifying and rescinding Mr. Combs’ key.”

Adams concluded with a decisive request, “I have accepted their recommendation and am requesting that Mr. Combs immediately return his Key to the City. The city record will be updated to reflect our decision.”

Combs, who initially refuted the lawsuit filed by Ventura in November 2023, has since issued a public apology via Instagram. “It’s difficult to reflect on the darkest times in your life, but sometimes you have to do that. I was f–ked up. I mean, I hit rock bottom — but I make no excuses. My behavior in that video is inexcusable. I take full responsibility for my actions in that video — disgusting. I was disgusted then when I did it. I’m disgusted now. I went out and sought professional help. I got into therapy and had to go into rehab. I had to ask God for his mercy and grace. But I’m committed to being a better man every day. I’m not asking for forgiveness. I’m truly sorry.”


In light of the video evidence, Howard University rescinded Diddy’s 2014 honorary doctorate earlier this month. TMZ first broke the news of the returned key.

This unfolding saga not only reflects the gravity of the accusations but also underscores the broader societal commitment to accountability and support for survivors of domestic violence.

Photo credit: Diddy and Eric Adams. NYC.gov.


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