Reporting Stan Brooks
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD said Tuesday evening a sergeant allowed a police escort for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs for a total of one city block after a concert. The department said the assistance was unauthorized and is under investigation.
Police said the escort was requested by the hip-hop star’s dry cleaner, who asked several officers before the sergeant agreed.
One police van escorted Combs to just near the entrance for the Lincoln Tunnel. The department said claims that several officers escorted Combs to New Jersey are false.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed there is no reason why police should have escorted the hip-hop superstar.
“Police escorts should be provided if there’s a security issue, period. Either for you, for me, for everybody else,” Bloomberg said. “The bottom line is the Police Department should treat everybody exactly the same. If you don’t get a police escort, P. Diddy shouldn’t.”
Published reports stated that Diddy was supposed to fly to Club 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange after his show at Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. After the FAA failed to clear use of the helipad in time, Diddy’s motorcade was reportedly escorted by three NYPD squad cars.
A representative for Combs had no comment.
Police officials in Washington, D.C., attracted attention when they recently gave actor Charlie Sheen an escort before a performance.
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