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Diddy bailed after 'assault' arrest

Published 23/06/2015 | 03:21

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Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (AP)

Hip-hop music mogul Diddy has been released on bail after being arrested over an alleged assault on a US university campus.

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The incident is said to have involved a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where the star's son is on the football team, police said.

Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed after posting bail, several hours after his arrest, jail records showed.

Officials did not identify the victim of the assault or say what led to it. No-one was seriously injured, campus police said in a statement.

The jail records show that Combs' bail was 160,000 US dollars (£100,000) , but sheriff's officials said he posted 50,000 US dollars (£31,500). The reason for the discrepancy was not clear.

Combs' son 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.

Football coach Jim Mora thanked his staff for their professionalism in handling the situation.

"This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved," he said in the statement from campus police. "While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time."

Combs' representatives did not immediately respond to requests for details or comment.

The arrest, first reported by TMZ, is the latest of several allegations of violence by Combs.

He was acquitted of bribery and weapons-related charges in connection with a 1999 shooting at a New York nightclub. A jury cleared him of firing a weapon during a 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 apologised, the charges were reduced, and he was ordered to attend an anger management class.

Combs and Stoute have since mended their relationship, appearing on stage together at Cannes in 2013.

Earlier this year, an Arizona man accused Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Combs was not arrested.

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