Combs charged with assault

Los Angeles - Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon at the University of California Los Angeles on Monday, college law enforcement authorities said.

Combs, 45, was booked in to the jail on the west Los Angeles college campus after an incident involving a kettleball, a weight with a handle, which was deemed a deadly weapon, UCLA's campus police UCPD said in a statement.

No one was injured and the incident is being investigated by college police. The rapper was released late on Monday night after posting bail, according to jail records.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unidentified sources, said Combs was involved in an argument with a football team coach at the campus' athletic facility.

His son, Justin Combs, is on the college football team on a scholarship. He is Combs' child with a former girlfriend.

Also known as P. Diddy and Puff Daddy, Combs is a hip-hop artist, actor, entrepreneur and founder of Bad Boy Records. As of 2014, Forbes magazine listed his earnings at US$60 million (S$80 million). Reuters

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2015, with the headline 'Combs charged with assault'. Print Edition | Subscribe