Revolt founder Sean “Diddy” Combs came to the defense of his CEO Roma Khanna who has reportedly been accused of racism by a former employee.
In a letter obtained by Page Six, the former worker said that Khanna took issue with Black woman saying they “intimidate” her and she also allegedly made a racist remark against rapper Meek Mill and his advocacy for prison reform.
“I’ve witnessed Roma say that Black women intimidate her,” the unnamed woman claims.
She also said when someone suggested that Meek Mill take part in a possible prison reform panel at the Revolt Music Conference: “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 former Revolt staffer said 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.”
The past employee also said, “Roma let 30 percent of the Revolt staff go for restructuring, and 99 percent [of those] are African-American.”
Combs, however, disputes the woman’s claims.
In a statement given to TMZ this week, Diddy said his staff is intact and the story was off-base.
“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.”