The mayor asked the rapper to return the Key to the City

The mayor asked the rapper to return the Key to the City
The mayor asked the rapper to return the Key to the City


Sean “Diddy” Combs returned the Key to the City of New York after the mayor of that city, Eric Adams, requested it in a letterciting the video released last month (which was kept for almost a decade) where the producer and rapper is seen hitting and dragging through the hallways of a hotel his girlfriend at the time, the singer and model Cassie Ventura.

The TMZ portal had access to the letter. One copy was addressed to Combs Entertainment LLC in New York and the other to its Los Angeles headquarters; The indignation of the city’s head of government is expressed there after the publication of the video. “Like many people, I was deeply disturbed by the recent video of Sean “Diddy” Combs assaulting his then-partner,” Mayor Eric Adams’ letter began, as they presumably sent two copies of the same letter to different addresses. “I strongly condemn these actions and we stand in solidarity with all survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. Our city has worked tirelessly to ensure victims are heard and seen by our administration. The Key to the City of New York is for individuals whose service to the public and the common good reaches the highest level of achievement, and who serve as a role model for their peers and future New Yorkers.”the letter continues. “After internal deliberations, the Key to the City of New York committee recommended voiding and terminating Mr. Combs’ key. I have accepted his recommendation and request that Mr. Combs immediately return his key to the New York City Hall, Mayor’s Office, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10007, Attn: Camille Joseph Varlack. The city record will be updated to reflect our decision. Sincerely, Eric Adams, Mayor.”

“This Key to the City was terminated by Mayor Eric Adams on June 4, 2024, through a formal letter due to actions of domestic and gender violence committed by Mr. Combs,” the document adds.

For his part, Diddy publicly apologized after that video went viral. However, His position in court, due to the judicial processes he is going through, did not change. He continues to maintain his innocence.

In November 2023, Cassandra Ventura filed a lawsuit against Combs, but dropped it a day later, after reaching an agreement that both parties defined as “friendly. “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably in terms of where I have some level of control. “I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support,” Ventura wrote in a statement.

New York Mayor Eric Adams asks Sean “Diddy” Combs to return the Key to the City

By 2016, Combs (now 54 years old) and Cassie were a conflictive couple, although little was known what the rapper was capable of behind closed doors. All of this was exposed in the leaked video. The images released by CNN correspond to March 5, 2016, at the Intercontinental hotel in Century City, in Los Angeles. The first image is of Cassie, apparently leaving a room and heading through the hallways of a hotel floor towards the elevator. She walks barefoot, dressed in jeans and a light jacket with a hood. In one hand she carries a small purse and in the other a handbag. Behind her you can see Sean Diddy running, barely covered with a towel around his waist, which he holds with one hand. When he reaches the elevator and finds her crouched down, putting on her shoes, he reaches out with her free hand, grabs Cassie by the hood, and drags her along. When the woman falls off of her, he kicks her a couple of times, grabs her belongings and takes them back to the room. In other images he is seen sitting throwing objects what’s in that section of the hallway, and she’s lying on the floor.

Cassie Ventura and Sean Diddy Combs, in 2015, during a benefit gala at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtLarry Busacca – Getty Images North America

As it turned out, although the lawsuit was void and, therefore, no attempt will be made to prove its content, Ventura finally managed to leave the hotel that day and went home. He later returned because he thought Combs would become even angrier at her. Upon seeing her get out of the taxi, the hotel staff would have convinced her to return to the taxi and to her house, because she would be aware of what she had been recorded in the recordings and because of the breakage of some objects in the hallways of the hotel. hotel.

The New York mayor’s office was not the only one that reacted to this. Just a few days after the images of these events that occurred eight years ago became known, Cassie’s current husband spoke out about it, in what he called a “Letter to women and children.” That’s what he titled it. “Men who hit women are not men. The men who allow it and protect those who do it are not men. As men, violence against women should not be inevitable. Pay attention to your siblings, your friends and your family. Our daughters, sisters, mothers and wives should feel protected and loved. Treat the women in your life with the utmost consideration; The men who hurt them hate them. For the abusers: you are already finished, you are no longer safe or protected. The men who support them are just as weak, they are so miserable that death would be considered an act of kindness.”

Then, he commented on his post with information to help victims of mistreatment and abuse. “I wrote this a while ago, but the words ring true not just today, but every day. I want my children and all children to live in a world that is safe for women and girls, protected and treated as equals. For women and children: you are not alone and you are heard. If you need help, call the domestic violence hotline.”


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