Diddy will not face assault charges following an incident last month involving a kettlebell weight, officials have said.
The 45-year-old rapper, real name Sean Combs, was arrested on June 22 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at the University of California.
Diddy was held in jail before being released on $160,000 bail.
The district attorney has referred the case to the Los Angeles City attorney’s office to decide if Sean Combs will face lesser charges.
“We are thankful that the district attorney rejected felony charges in this matter,” said Diddy’s lawyer, Mark Geragos. “This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with.”
At the time of the incident, officials did not identify the victim of the alleged assault or say what led to the incident.
However, media reports said Sean Combs was involved in an altercation with the university’s football coach at the campus’s athletic facility.
The rapper claimed he was defending himself and his son, Justin Combs, who is on the college football team and had been working out at the time.
Head football coach Jim Mora called the encounter “an unfortunate incident for all parties involved” following Diddy’s arrest.
University officials have said little about the confrontation, except that no one was seriously hurt.
A spokesman said the school had no comment on the district attorney’s decision.
Justin Combs, 21, has played just a handful of games for the UCLA football team since joining three years ago.
VIDEO Diddy has been arrested in California for hitting a UCLA football coach with a gym weight.
Officers at UCLA University in Los Angeles had to deal with an altercation at the college training complex.
Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, has a son called Justin who plays as a defensive back on the American football team.
Nobody was seriously injured and the rapper was released from a Los Angeles County jail after posting bail.
Diddy is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The dispute, which involved a gym kettlebell, took place in the office of UCLA assistant coach Sal Alosi.
It’s reported that a team assistant was shouting at Justin Combs repeatedly during a game which Diddy was attending.
He’s then said to have confronted the coach in his office after the match.
“This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved,” football coach Jim Mora said in the statement from UCLA campus police. “While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
The 45-year-old rapper has build a music empire over 25 years and changed his name from Puff Daddy to Diddy.
As well as launching the careers of The Notorious BIG, he’s promoted the careers of major international artists from Mary J. Blige to Mariah Carey.
According to the
Forbes hip-hop wealthiest list 2015, Diddy’s personal fortune is estimated at close to $750 million. VIDEO