Charities Claim Diddy Stiffed Them
The Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation and 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition both say they were promised proceeds from a “Pink Party” event for breast cancer, but their charities have received nothing. Sources tell the New York Post that Diddy received nearly $80,000 for hosting the event.
Held at the Glo nightclub in Westbury, NY on Oct. 14, Carolyn Spector of The Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation said, “We never got a penny. Nothing was written down, but we were told we would get part of the take. The terminology was ‘proceeds from the event. ”
But that didn’t happen as John Smythe, whose father, John Sr., owns Glo, sat the two charities at a table where they could ask for handouts. But then the charity reps ordered drinks and wandered off, John claimed. Now the charities are upset because they feel stiffed out of donations while Diddy pocketed a five-figure fee.
Diddy, who feels he didn’t do anything wrong, told the Post, “I didn’t know what the [club] owner promised – that had nothing to do with me. I had no information about the charity. When the event was booked, it was just for an appearance. I agreed to let him add the charity because I thought it was a good idea.”
But, legal issues won’t deter Diddy from giving back. The personality behind CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka is helping to promote the use of designated drivers as a responsible part of holiday celebrations. Partiers in New York City area for New Years are eligible to win a $25 debit card that can be used in taxis or at a MetroCard ticket machine this season. –Nicole LoPresti