• TBurke

    I have seen things like this happen all of the time in my line of work where there are “handlers” and “middle men” make promises on both ends and BOTH parties are unaware that they are being scammed on some level. Not to say Diddy was innocent, but I see no real reason for him to cheat a charity. He does plenty of charity work and I’ve never heard these complaints. What about the club owner? Also, your comment about fathering 5 children out of wedlock is in poor taste. He has 5 children 4 with two different long time girlfriends and 1 other ALL of whom he takes care of and an additional two whom he adopted. That has NOTHING to do with this issue. Give me a break.

  • rick cohen

    Dear TBurke: I agree and disagree. First, the comment about Diddy’s familial status was from the articles, and you’re exactly right, it’s irrelevant to the story. It’s the problem of celeb stories, they add in more than what’s needed, because celebs titillate. Where you and I don’t agree is about the charity work. For many celebs, the charity work is sometimes less than charitable. If Diddy was interested in breast cancer charity work, he didn’t need an $80k appearance fee and the post-event comments that he wasn’t really aware of the “wear pink” elements, etc. And there’s no excuse for scamming nonprofits. This has to stop. It happens all too often, particularly around fundraising events like these. Sometimes the celeb may be being “used” like the charities, but the celeb has an obligation to make sure his or her appearance on behalf of charity is (a) legit and (b) generates some benefit for the charities in question. Thanks for your response.