Diddy Released After Arrest at UCLA, Where Son Plays Football

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Diddy and son Justin Combs

The rapper was arrested on the UCLA campus Monday for allegedly threatening someone with a kettlebell weight.

Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was released from jail late Monday night after an alleged assault with a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities at UCLA, where his son is on the football team, said police.

Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed after posting bail several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

Officials did not identify the victim of the assault or say what led to it. No one was seriously injured, said campus police in a statement.

The jail records show that Combs' bail was $160,000, but sheriff's officials reached by phone said he posted $50,000. The reason for the discrepancy wasn't clear.

Combs' son Justin is a redshirt junior defensive back on the UCLA football team, whose members have been working out on campus. He has played in just a handful of games in his three years with the team.

The son of another major rap star also plays football for the Bruins. Snoop Dogg's son Cordell Broadus is a wide receiver who signed with the team this year.

Football coach Jim Mora thanked his staff for their professionalism in handling the situation.

"This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved," said Mora in the statement from campus police. "While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time."

In a statement, Combs' rep called reports of the events "wholly inaccurate."

"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," said the rep. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son. We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed."

The arrest, first reported by TMZ, is the latest of several allegations of violence committed by Combs.

He was acquitted of bribery and weapons-related charges in connection with a 1999 shooting at a New York nightclub. A jury cleared Combs of firing a weapon during the dispute that wounded three bystanders, as well as of bribing his chauffeur to take the blame.

Furthermore, Combs was arrested in 1999 for his involvement in the beating of former Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute in New York.

Combs apologized, the charges were reduced, and he was ordered to attend an anger-management class. Combs and Stoute since have mended their relationship, appearing onstage together at Cannes in 2013.

Earlier this year, an Arizona man accused Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Combs was not arrested.

June 23, 12:05 p.m. Updated with statement from Combs' rep. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the UCLA football team was practicing, not working out, on campus. THR regrets the error.

 

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