Mayor: NYPD Investigating P. Diddy's Police Escort
By Ben Fractenberg and Michael Ventura
MANHATTAN — The NYPD is looking into whether rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs got a police escort to speed his Bentley from the West Side to New Jersey last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
Diddy had a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom last Friday night, and had tried to hire a helicopter to take him to a subsequent appearance in West Orange, the New York Post reported. When the helicopter plans fell through, Diddy reportedly demanded and received a police escort to the event.
"I talked to Commissioner Kelly this morning. He is looking into it," Bloomberg said at an event in the Bronx. "So far we cannot find any part of the police department that authorized that. And we just don't know whether in fact it happened."
Three NYPD squad cars, and others from New Jersey police, escorted the rapper's Bentley to Club 4 Sixty 6, the Post reported.
"The bottom line is the police department should treat everyone exactly the same, and if you don't get a police escort, P Diddy shouldn't," Bloomberg said.
According to the Post, Diddy was supposed to use a helicopter to get him from the Hammerstein to the New Jersey venue in time, but the FAA didn't clear the club's helipad in time.