Diddy—aka Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs—has previously run the city (in a marathon) but now city officials are embarrassed that the rap entrepreneur got some sort of NYPD assistance to rush from the Hammerstein Ballroom to his NJ post-concert party last week. The NYPD basically admitted it (see its hedging below) and Mayor 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."
Yesterday, Page Six reported on the incident, and Diddy's friend, "high-ended couture dry cleaning" owner John Mahdessian, took credit for calling in some NYPD favors to hustle Diddy from NYC to West Orange's 4Sixty6 club. See, Diddy was originally going to take a helicopter to NJ, but the FAA didn't approve the request, so it was a Diddy crisis! Mahdessian said, “At the 12th hour, his helicopter wasn’t approved in West Orange and Diddy needed to get to New Jersey on time to perform. I said, ‘I can handle this, no problem, and within moments, I secured an Escalade, Bentleys, a police convoy that blared him through the Lincoln Tunnel and into New Jersey.”
However, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told Fox News, "After being repeatedly rebuffed by police officers on the street and a police lieutenant at the station house, a dry cleaner claiming to represent Sean Combs apparently prevailed upon a sergeant to direct a police van driven by a police officer to escort Combs a total of one city block from mid W. 35th St., closer to 9th Ave, across 9th Ave and another half block to Dyer Ave, after which the Combs party drove unescorted. Although a distance of just one block, the assistance provided was unauthorized and is under investigation. Assertions that Combs was escorted by the NYPD into New Jersey are false."
It's unclear if the city will bill Diddy for the police escort. But he should look on the bright side: At least no one's hair caught fire during a live webcast.