Los Angeles - Sean "Diddy" Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative for the hip-hop mogul said on Tuesday.
"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs, 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."
Combs was arrested on Monday for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football, a university statement said.
Combs, 45, was freed late on Monday after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.
University police allege three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. "We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed," Moar said in the statement.
Officials did not say who was allegedly assaulted or what led to it. No one was seriously injured, police said.
The jail records show that Combs' bail was $160k, but sheriff's officials reached by phone said he posted only $50k. The reason for the discrepancy wasn't 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.
After the incident he took to his Instagram account to thank his father for "always being there" for him.
I thank God for having a father that's always there for me.. Love you pops!A photo posted by Justin Dior Combs (@princejdc) on Jun 23, 2015 at 1:39pm PDT
I thank God for having a father that's always there for me.. Love you pops!
A photo posted by Justin Dior Combs (@princejdc) on Jun 23, 2015 at 1:39pm PDT
Football coach Jim Mora thanked his staff for their professionalism in handling the situation.
"This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved," Mora 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."
The arrest, first reported by TMZ, is the latest of several allegations of violence by Sean 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 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.
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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