Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Diddy Jumps In to Defend Revolt TV CEO Against Allegations of Racism; Chastises Accuser

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(Michael Tran/FilmMagic/John Parra/Getty Images for Revolt Music Conference)

Sean “Diddy” “Brother Love” Combs isn’t one to leave his team hanging and he’s racing to defend the CEO of his Revolt TV company after she was accused of racism.

A former employee of the digital cable network alleged Roma Khanna said Black women intimidate her and made another racial comment about Meek Mill’s possible panel discussion on prison reform.

The ex-worker said in a letter obtained by Page Six that she was writing “from a place of genuine concern on behalf of myself, as a young, educated Black woman, for the people currently employed at Revolt who are fearful of losing their jobs, and in an attempt to preserve the reputation and perception of this company.”

“I’ve witnessed Roma say that Black women intimidate her,” the woman claims, adding that when someone suggested during a brainstorming session for the Revolt Music Conference that Meek head a talk about prison reform, “Roma responded, ‘Maybe the conversation isn’t about prison reform, maybe it’s about how to stay out of jail, Black boy.’”

“In my own discomfort, I spoke up, saying that her comment was not only insulting but would also be disrespectful to Meek as he’s not a ‘boy’ . . . ” she added in the note. “She then proceeded to propose . . . ‘Maybe that’s it . . . Maybe it’s a conversation on how not to be Black.’ ”

The past employee also said, “Roma let 30 percent of the Revolt staff go for restructuring, and 99 percent [of those] are African-American.”

However, in a statement given to TMZ Tuesday, July 3, Diddy maintains the staff remains the same, despite the fact that back in May, the mogul had layoffs for a third of the company.

“This story is inaccurate. We are a Black-owned and operated network and we have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. Revolt is led by a woman of color who is expected to uphold the same standards that I hold for all of my companies. After an extensive review led by outside counsel there were no findings of deliberate misconduct. At this time, Roma Khanna will remain as CEO of Revolt.

“Regarding the recent restructure, Revolt’s diversity remains unchanged,” he added. “We are 67 percent ethnically diverse, with more than 60 percent of the senior leadership being women. Any suggestion that any company of mine negatively targets African-Americans is absurd and offensive.”

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