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Now What For Diddy … The Legal Ramifications

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has a laundry list of charges stemming from Monday’s arrest.

The rapper has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery after allegedly assaulting UCLA’s  football conditioning coach, Sal Alosi with a kettlebell.

The term “terrorist threats” might seem far fetched given the known circumstances, but attorney Mitra Ahouraian tells HipHollywood the term can be applied if the victim feels at all threatened and the intent to cause fear was made, even if there was no intent to harm. “To be convicted, the prosecutor would have to show that Diddy made a willful threat to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily harm, that he intended it be taken as a threat, and that it was unequivocal, unconditional, and specific, and that the threat actually caused fear and lastly, that the fear was reasonable.”

So what does this mean for Diddy? “What the consequences are for Diddy are unknown here, and depend in large part on the prosecutor, who has the discretion to charge him with either a misdemeanor or felony violation,” Ahouraian said. “If he is ineligible for probation—which he may be given his prior violent crimes–a conviction can send Diddy to jail for up to one year, or to prison for up to three years. Additionally, a felony also counts as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.”

Combs was arrested around 12:30 p.m yesterday following the alleged incident while at the school’s athletic facilities. According to reports, Diddy was upset with the coach for giving his son, Justin Combs a hard time during practice. Justin plays defensive back at the Los Angeles university.

“This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved,” coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “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 was transferred to the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department where he was later released on $60,000 bail.

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