Los Angeles County prosecutors declined Thursday to file a felony case against Sean “Diddy” Combs over a run-in last month with a strength and conditioning coach at UCLA, where the rapper/actor’s son is a member of the football team.
“We referred it to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration,” said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Combs, 45, was arrested June 22 at the Acosta Athletic Training Complex at UCLA on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making terrorist threats. He was released later that night after being taken to the sheriff’s Inmate Reception Center.
A day later, a statement posted on the Combs-owned media website Revolt read, “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 website identified the UCLA coach involved as strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi.
No details on what led to the altercation were released. According to celebrity website TMZ.com, the elder Combs saw a coach deriding his son, Justin Combs, a Bruin redshirt junior defensive back, and confronted the coach — allegedly wielding a kettlebell, a type of weight.
UCLA football coach Jim Mora issued a statement last month saying he was “thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation.”
“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,” Mora said.
Justin Combs has made four tackles in seven games over two seasons. He posted a photo of himself with his father on Instagram with the caption, “I thank God for having a father that’s always there for me. Love you pops!”
— City News Service