Mo money, mo problems.
Mayor Bloomberg launched a probe into the NYPD yesterday after it confirmed leading a Midtown motorcade for rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs so he could make a $75,000 gig in New Jersey — at the request of a dry cleaner.
Internal Affairs cops swarmed the city’s busiest precinct house, Midtown South — searching log records and work schedules — after The Post’s Page Six revealed that New York’s Finest helped whisk the hip-hop honcho from outside the Hammerstein Ball room toward New Jersey so he wouldn’t be late for his second gig Friday night, at a West Or ange club.
Investigators were also looking at videotapes from along 35th Street and at the Times Square substation, where all Midtown activity is recorded, after police copped to the stunning lack of judgment.
“After being repeatedly rebuffed by police officers on the street — and a police lieutenant at the station house — a dry cleaner claiming to represent Sean Combs [Diddy] apparently prevailed upon a sergeant to direct a police van driven by a police officer to escort Combs,” the NYPD said.
A furious Bloomberg blasted the star treatment, saying, “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.”
The fireworks came after Upper East Side dry cleaner John Mahdessian told Page Six Monday that he called in favors from police pals to get Diddy’s Escalade-and-Bentley motorcade a police detail complete with flashing lights.
Perhaps we’re just a little naive, but we never would have guessed that a police escort was such a big deal, but it sounds like some heads may roll behind this. C’mon Puff times are hard, you should hire the man/woman that loses his or her job to do security or somethin!