Hearing set for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs over UCLA arrest
Prosecutors on Wednesday set a hearing to determine whether rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will face charges after he was arrested in June on suspicion of attacking a UCLA intern and an assistant football coach during a dispute over his son, a player on the Bruins squad.
At an informal hearing scheduled for Oct. 15, a hearing officer will decide whether the case should result in a misdemeanor charge or a noncriminal resolution that could see Combs required to attend anger management classes or pay restitution, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.
UCLA police arrested Combs in June on suspicion of several crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and battery after he allegedly swung a kettle-bell weight during a dispute in a university gym.
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file felony charges and referred the case to the L.A. city attorney for possible misdemeanor filing.
Sources have said the confrontation happened after UCLA conditioning coach Sal Alosi, dissatisfied with the younger Combs’ effort during a voluntary summer workout, told the 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 basement of the Acosta Athletic Complex. Alosi was on the phone. He motioned for the visitors to wait, the sources said.
At some point, the encounter reportedly became heated. In one account, Alosi reportedly tried to fend off an angry Combs, resulting in the coach’s shirt being torn.
Sources say the dispute spilled out of Alosi’s office and drew the attention of four or five interns who work in and around the weight room.
Combs allegedly grabbed a kettle bell — a handled, heavyweight ball — off a shelf and swung it, the sources said. A security camera in the weight room captured that part of the incident.
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Times staff writers Nathan Fenno and Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.
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