NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The NYPD is admitting that Diddy was given a police escort after a recent concert, but only for a block -- not to a New Jersey club -- as was widely reported.
According to the police statement: "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."
The allegations that Diddy received a police escort to New Jersey had Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling for an investigation Tuesday. The Mayor’s announcement was prompted by a New York Post Page Six report that Diddy demanded the police escort to get to a New Jersey club after the helicopter he had planned to use was grounded.
Sean “Diddy” Combs was rushing from a Hammerstein Ballroom show to the Jersey appearance at Club 4 Sixty 6, where he was to be paid $75,000, but the FAA couldn’t get the helipad ready in time, according to reports.
According to the Mayor, a police escort is only arranged in the case of a security issue.
In the New York Post report, however, Diddy was able to arrange the ride through his dry cleaner, John Mahdessian, who owns Madame Paulette, a high-end dry-cleaning service that caters to dignitaries, celebrities and business executives.
Mahdessian told the Post, "This happened last-minute. I organized the police escort through my contacts. There were three squad cars with the lights flashing. I went along also. We were at the club in New Jersey within 15 minutes."
Mahdessian told PIX11 News something different however. He said there was no police escort,
just one van helping to clear traffic.
"After the concert there was a lot of people in the street, a lot of people double-parked, it was quite a scene," Mahdessian said. "So i asked if a 'blue and white' could clear the street for the safety of everyone, and that's what they did ... clear the street -- literally one block -- so we could get out of the block and continue to New Jersey thru the Lincoln tunnel. They did not go to the Lincoln tunnel."