Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was released from a Los Angeles jail late Monday, hours after he was arrested following a fight with a football coach at UCLA, where his son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back.
A representative for Combs’ company said the hip hop mogul was defending himself in the fight.
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
Jail records showed that Combs was released after posting bail. The records showed 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.
A rep from UCLA confirmed to Fox News that Combs, 45, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, which was a kettlebell. Later Monday, Los Angeles police updated the charges to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.
No one was seriously injured and campus police said they were investigating the incident.
According to TMZ, which first reported the arrest, UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was screaming at Justin as Combs watched from the sidelines. Combs allegedly confronted the coach in his office and was then arrested for assault.
UCLA Football coach Jim Mora later issued a statement saying, “I’m 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 and refrain from further comment at this time.”
Alosi gained a measure of infamy in football circles while a strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets. During a December 2010 game against the Miami Dolphins, Alosi was caught tripping Nolan Carroll as the player ran down the field covering a punt. Alosi was suspended and fined as a result of the incident and resigned the following month. He has been the strength and conditioning coach at UCLA since 2012.
Justin Combs is a redshirt junior defensive back on the UCLA football team, which has 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.
The arrest is the latest in a series of allegations against 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 bribing his chauffeur to take the rap.
Combs was arrested in 1999 for his involvement in the beating of former Interscope executive Steve Stoute in New York. Combs apologized, the charges were reduced, and he was ordered to attend an anger management class.