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P Diddy charged with assault and making a terrorist threat

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P Diddy charged with assault and making a terrorist threat

P Diddy is alleged to have attacked an American football coach with a metal weight for yelling at his son during practice.

The 45-year-old music mogul is said to have become embroiled in an altercation with strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi at UCLA's training complex at around 12:30 p.m on Monday, allegedly threatening him with a kettlebell after criticising his 21-year-old son Justin.

Following the incident, UCLA head football coach Jim Mora issued a statement, saying: "I'm thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved."

He added that UCLA "will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time".

Diddy - who's been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery - is reported to have been angered by how hard the coach was working his son and by his confrontational approach, according to gossip website TMZ.

However, the rap star insisted Alosi was the aggressor in the incident rather than himself.

In the past, Combs has been in other trouble with the police.

He was acquitted of bribery and weapons-related charges in connection with a 1999 shooting at a New York nightclub. A jury cleared him of firing a weapon during the dispute that wounded three bystanders, as well as bribing his chauffeur to take the rap.

Combs was arrested in 1999 for his involvement in the beating of former Interscope executive Steve Stoute in New York. Combs apologised, the charges were reduced, and he was ordered to attend an anger management class.

Combs and Stoute have since mended their relationship, appearing on stage together at Cannes in 2013.

Earlier this year, an Arizona man accused Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Combs was not arrested.

The son of another major rap star also plays for the Bruins. Snoop Dogg's son Cordell Broadus is a wide receiver who signed with the team this year.