Life is not as easy as you think it would be for rapper P. Diddy. Just this past Friday, the singer was in dire straits. There he was in Manhattan, and he was late for a club appearance in New Jersey. Making matters much harder for him was that the FAA grounded the helicopter that was to take him over the river. What was he to do? Of course, call the New York Police Department and get them to escort him to the club.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly are investigating the matter which they found out about today.
“So far, we cannot find any part of the police department that authorized that, and we just don’t know whether it in fact happened,” Bloomberg said.
The singer was due at Club 4 Sixty 6 in West Orange for a $75,000 club appearance after his show at Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. But when the FAA didn’t allow P. Diddy to use his helicopter, he had to use a motorcade to get to New Jersey. The motorcade was reportedly escorted by three NYPD squad cars and then joined by New Jersey cops at the venue, according to My Fox NY.
“Police escorts should be provided if there’s a security issue, period. Either for you, for me, for everybody else,” Bloomberg said. “The bottom line is the police department should treat everybody exactly the same. If you don’t get a police escort, P. Diddy shouldn’t.”
So who arranged for the police to help out? John Mahdessian, owner of Madame Paulette, who helped Combs with clothes for the show, said, “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.” Thank goodness, for a second there we were worried that Diddy wouldn’t get some of his $75,000.
Lauren Berger Collection CEO Jeffrey Beri, who organized Combs’ hotel stay, said that the rapper “was stuck,” so the police escort came in handy.
“The only way he could get there was by police escort,” he said.
Many people are “stuck” in some way everyday in New York, and it’s highly doubtful if they would ever get a police escort unless the police were escorting them straight to jail.
Maybe it’s time for us to take a look at what’s being done for celebrities that aren’t done for everyone else who are stuck on the subways and the railroads trying to get to work. They might not make $75,000 for punching the clock, but their jobs are just as important to them as P. Diddy making his club appearance.
Here’s a video where the other side of the story is explained. In here, the public is told that Diddy was only escorted one block. One block or a few miles, the NYPD is not the rapper’s personal escort service.