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Pistol-whipping? Home invasion robbery? Not at Diddy's house

February 23, 2010 |  5:09 pm

Diddy300 It happened early Sunday: Two armed men and two women forced their way into a party at a Mulholland Drive mini-mansion and robbed at gunpoint a bunch of as-yet unidentified hip-hop and R&B performers who were staying there (as well as members of their entourage), police say. Several guests were pistol-whipped; money and jewelry were stolen. And by early  Monday, the news was all over the blogosphere,  courtesy of a widely cited celebrity connection. 

“A strange home-invasion robbery unfolded over the weekend in a tony part of Woodland Hills, on Mulholland Drive, at a home that might or might not be connected to Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs,” states an item posted Monday on Laweekly.com.

And AllHipHop News reported that “a video crew at the scene told police the home is owned by a record label associated with rapper Wale and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.”

Which would make for precisely the kind of dishy tale of celebrity misfortune that the likes of TMZ -- and even SOHH.com -- excel in covering, but for one problem: Reps for the rap mogul and Interscope say it’s not Diddy's house.

“As far as we have been able to tell in this short time, we have never owned or rented a house at this address for any purpose,” Interscope publicist Yvette Gayle said.

Combs’ publicist, Keesha Johnson, meanwhile, called reports linking Diddy to the Mulholland Drive home “completely inaccurate.”

“Sean is not affiliated with the property in any capacity,” she told The Times on Monday.

Still, the existence of a dedicated “rappers’ residence” offers a window into the way record labels house their artists.

According to a veteran music publicist who declined to be identified, urban music labels have a long-implemented policy of renting out condominiums or houses for visiting rappers and singers.
Such costs are typically covered by an artist’s recording budget in an effort to avoid paying sky-high hotel premiums.

“If you have someone stay at a hotel for a week, it’s three grand,” the publicist said. “You save a lot of money if you rent out a house and have everyone -- the producers and the artists -- stay there. It makes total sense."

-- Chris Lee

Photo: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Credit: Getty Images