Charities: P. Diddy stiffed us

Dec. 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Officials from two New York breast cancer charities say hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs stiffed their organizations at a party he hosted on Long Island.

Carolyn Spector, director of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation, said her organization, and another charity, 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, were promised they would get part of the proceeds from a "Pink Party" hosted by the multimillionaire, The New York Post reported.

"Nothing was written down, but we were told we would get part of the take," Spector said. "The terminology was 'proceeds from the event.'"

P. Diddy reportedly got $80,000 for appearing at the Glo nightclub in Westbury on Oct. 14; he said he never promised the charities anything.

"I didn't know what the [club] owner promised -- that had nothing to do with me," Diddy told The Post. "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."

Plenty of cash changed hands that night, the organizations claim. Guests were charged $10 at the door, and $1,000 to sit with Diddy in a VIP area of the club, which holds more than 2,000.

"It's just a little embarrassing. People say, 'How much did you raise for your programs?' And we say, 'We haven't seen anything yet,'" a staff member of 1 in 9 said.

John Smythe, whose father owns Glo, said the club offered the charities a table where they could ask for handouts; he said Spector, and Geri Barish, the director of 1 in 9, ordered drinks and wandered away.

"That's just a bunch of crapola," Spector said. She said the charities were given a verbal promise of a portion of revenue from the bar or door.

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