Los Angeles County prosecutors are considering whether to charge rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs with assault and battery on a UCLA intern and an assistant football coach during a dispute over the singer's son, a player on the Bruins squad.
UCLA police arrested Combs on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and battery after he reportedly swung a kettlebell weight on June 22 during a confrontation at a UCLA gym.
Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman, said UCLA police turned over the investigation's results to prosecutors, who are reviewing the case. Because Combs posted $160,000 bond within hours of his arrest following the reported skirmish with strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, prosecutors are under no pressing time limit to file charges, Robison said.
Combs has adamantly denied that he was in the wrong, saying he defended himself.
"What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son,” a spokeswoman for the rapper and producer said in a statement.
The confrontation reportedly happened after Alosi, dissatisfied with the younger Combs' effort during a voluntary summer workout, told the little-used junior defensive back to get off the field, not just for the rest of the day but for the rest of the summer.
Later that afternoon, the younger Combs and his father walked into Alosi's office, adjacent to the 15,000-square-foot weight room in the Acosta Athletic Complex’s basement. Alosi was on the phone. He motioned for the visitors to wait.
At some point, the encounter reportedly became heated, with one version of it depicting Alosi as trying to fend off an angry Combs, who left his shirt torn.
Sources say the dispute spilled out of Alosi’s office and drew the attention of four or five unpaid interns who work in and around the weight room.
Combs allegedly grabbed a kettlebell — a handled, heavyweight ball — off a shelf and swung it. A security camera in the weight room captured that part of the incident.
UCLA has declined to release a detailed account of the incident.
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