November 28, 2023
Diddy Steps Aside As Revolt Chairman Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Music mogul Diddy has temporarily stepped down as chairman of Revolt amid sexual assault allegations from three different women.
In the wake of several accusations of sexual assault lodged against him, music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has stepped down as chairman of Revolt. The move, though temporary, was made to limit any distraction the 54-year-old’s personal life may have caused as the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary, TMZ reports.
Though Diddy has not had a hand in the entertainment media company’s day-to-day in recent years, he remains one of the most notable faces of the brand alongside CEO Detavio Samuels and Chief Brand Officer Deon Graham. The decision comes on the heels of two more women stepping forward with allegations of sexual assault against the Bad Boy founder, following the swift settlement of a lawsuit filed against him by his former partner, R&B singer Cassie.
An attorney for the music mogul clarified that the immediacy of the resolution did not point to his guilt, saying, “Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
However, Cassie’s allegations would only be the first.
On Nov. 23, a woman named Joi Dickerson-Neal filed a lawsuit against Diddy, alleging that when she was a student at Syracuse University in 1991, he drugged her and then sexually assaulted her while secretly recording the encounter. Dickerson-Neal also claimed that Diddy showed the video to others, including an artist who alleged the explicit interaction was shown to “everybody.” The woman claims that she was forced to drop out of college and was later diagnosed with clinical depression due to the alleged assault.
A third woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, came forward on Nov. 24, alleging that Diddy and singer Aaron Hall took turns raping her and a friend in Hall’s apartment in the early ’90s. Additionally, she claims that the “Last Night” rapper showed up at her home days later “and began assaulting and choking” her to “the point that she passed out.”
All three women sued Diddy under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, a law providing alleged victims of sexual abuse a one-year window to file a civil lawsuit, even if the statute of limitations had expired.