Sean Combs Sees Business Partnerships Crumble in Wake of Allegations

( – Former hip-hop legend Sean “P-Diddy” Combs is the latest male celebrity to face numerous allegations of sexual assault. The growing list of four women includes singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura who accuse Combs of aggressive and violent behavior.

The fallout from the controversy is already damaging Combs’s recently launched black-business empire, Empower Global. The network was intended to promote black-owned businesses, but already 18 companies who were working with the platform have pulled out, citing concerns about the lawsuits.

Annette Njau is the founder of House of Takura, a high-end eyewear, handbag, and clothing company. Speaking with Rolling Stone, she said they find the allegations “abhorrent and intolerable” and support victims’ rights, “speaking their truth,” even if the perpetrator is powerful.

Fulaba founder Haby Barry said their brand was “all about empowering women” and refused to associate with any individual or organization that doesn’t align with their values. Another company which wished to remain anonymous said they were remaining with the platform due to substantial investments.

The most recent case filing comes from a Manhattan court where the unnamed victim alleged she was fed copious amounts of drugs and alcohol before being “gang raped” by Combs and two other men at his recording studio in 2003. She said she was 17 years old at the time.

In November, Ventura filed a federal suit against Combs, claiming that he raped her, assaulted her, and forced her to engage in adult activities with other men. Combs denied all the allegations, and the suit was settled the day after it was filed.

Combs issued a statement after stepping down from his role as CEO of Revolt, a multimedia company. He denied all the allegations, claiming that these women were attempting to “assassinate my character” in exchange for “a quick payday.”

Combs is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and if the Amber Heard situation with Johnny Depp has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes accusers fabricate allegations of wrongdoing.

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