Normally the cops are not on the side of rap stars, but Sean “Diddy” Combs was the exception to the rule when the entertainment mogul was given a police escort following the New York stop of his “Coming Home” tour, which landed at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday (April 22).
Diddy was reportedly triple-booked for the night and needed to be in New Jersey for a $75,000 appearance following the concert.
The mogul mentioned on New York’s Power 105 radio station that he planned on taking a helicopter from the show to the club appearance/after party in Jersey, but it appears as though his plans were thwarted when the helicopter was grounded. But, not to fear, the NYPD jumped in and helped the superstar get from the Midtown venue to thruway that would take him to Jersey.
Things took a weird turn when an Upper East Side dry cleaner John Mahdessian told the New York Post’s Page Six Monday that he called in favors from police pals to get Diddy’s motorcade (reportedly an Escalade and Bentley) a police escort.
The NYPD copped to the mishap but claims the escort was for a mere one block. “A police officer [escorted] Combs a total of one city block from mid-West 35th Street, closer to Ninth Avenue, across Ninth Avenue and another half block to Dyer Avenue, after which the Combs party drove unescorted,” the NYPD said.
Above: Diddy and Dirty Money perform at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 22, 2011 in New York City.