NYC Opens Investigation After Diddy Gets Police Escort to Concert Afterparty

12:18 PM PST 04/26/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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Mayor Mike Bloomberg says the NYPD “should treat everyone exactly the same.”

New York City's Mayor Mike Bloomberg has opened an investigation into why Diddy was given a police escort from a city concert to an after party at a club in New Jersey over the weekend.

"The bottom line is the police department should treat everybody exactly the same. If you don't get a police escort, P. Diddy shouldn't," Bloomberg tells the New York Post, which first reported the rapper's special treatment.

Diddy was first supposed to be helicoptered (at a cost of $75,000) from the Hammerstein Ballroom to Club 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange. But when the FAA didn't approve flight plans,  John Mahdessian, owner of high-end dry cleaner Madame Paulette, who helped Diddy with clothes for the show, tells the paper, "This happened last-minute. I organized the police escort through my contacts. There were three squad cars with the lights flashing. I went along also. We were at the club in New Jersey within 15 minutes."

Bloomberg said a police escort should only have been used in the event of a "security issue."

"I would assume there was no reason for [the police escort], but I just don't know," says Bloomberg.

Lauren Berger Collection CEO Jeffrey Beri, who coordinated Diddy's hotel in the city, tells the  Post that Diddy "was stuck" in the city so the police escort "was the only way he could get" to New Jersey.

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