Diddy was “defending himself” during an alleged assault at a school campus in Los Angeles, a representative for the rapper has said.
CBS earlier reported that the star – real name Sean Combs – was taken into custody by police on Monday afternoon (June 22), after it is thought that he was involved in a fight with a coach at the UCLA athletic facility. The rapper’s son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back for the UCLA American Football team.
A spokesperson for the University wrote in a statement: “Shortly after 12:30pm today, Sean Combs (also known as P Diddy) was arrested at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, which was a kettlebell. No-one was seriously injured and UCPD is investigating. Combs is expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center later this evening.”
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation,” UCLA coach Jim Mora added in the statement. “This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
But Nathalie Moar, a representative for Combs Enterprises, has now denied the claims and told The Associated Press: “The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate. What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
She added: “We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed.”
The rapper recently revealed that he has no plans for a new album, but he gave an update on his current production duties.