Sean “Diddy” Combs will not face felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a UCLA football coach with a kettlebell weight. He told the Los Angeles District Attorney that he is “thankful,” ABC reports.
Diddy’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said that he too was thankful the district attorney declined the charges Thursday. “This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with,” Geragos said.
The case has been referred to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office where misdemeanor charges could be filed. Frank Matelijan, a city attorney’s office spokesman, confirmed that his office would review the case.
A rep for Diddy stated that various accounts of the events and charges are inaccurate and “any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.” “We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed,” the rep said.
The 45-year-old was arrested last month at the University of California’s athletic complex on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to UCLA’s police department. His weapon of choice was supposedly a kettlebell, which is a cast-iron or steel ball with a handle that is used in weight training. He was also arrested on one count of battery and one of making terrorist threats, NY Times reports.
UCLA has said little about the arrest except that no one was seriously injured, according to AP. The university had no comment on the district attorney’s decision to not charge Diddy. Head football coach Jim Mora said after Diddy was arrested that the incident is unfortunate for “all parties involved.”
His son, Justin Combs, is a redshirt junior defensive back for the UCLA football team, which has been using the athletic facility on campus. Combs has played only a handful of games during his time on the team.
Just days after his arrest, Diddy performed in part of a Bad Boy Records reunion at the BET Awards. He also released a single featuring Pharrell Williams called Finna Get Loose.