PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man is accusing hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party, sparking an investigation that may include police questioning the rapper, officials said Thursday.
Steven Donaldson, 31, had berated Combs with expletives for not performing at one of the many star-studded parties during Super Bowl weekend, said Scottsdale police Sgt. Ben Hoster. Donaldson had believed the rapper was scheduled to perform at the party, Hoster said.
Donaldson, a Phoenix-area resident, told investigators that after he was struck, a security officer threw him to the ground and then ejected him from the party.
Donaldson, Combs or his agent could not immediately be reached for comment.
Hoster said police were interviewing witnesses and plan to talk again with Donaldson to ask if he wishes to press charges.
Donaldson had one red cheek and appeared intoxicated when officers responded to the call at 3 a.m. Sunday, about 30 minutes after the alleged altercation, Hoster said, adding that Combs had left before officers arrived.
Donaldson provided police with cellphone video he took that shows somebody who appears to be Combs approach, but Hoster said it ends before the 45-year-old rapper allegedly threw a punch.
Police may question Combs, but Hoster said that depends on whether Donaldson wants to continue pressing the case.
"If he changes his mind we're not going to reach out and bother Sean Combs," Hoster said. "We'll see."