Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in a car accident yesterday evening outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
While Diddy’s Cadillac Escalade seemed to be badly damaged, it doesn’t appear as if Diddy was seriously hurt. The accident occurred when Diddy’s driver slammed into a Lexus sedan that turned left in front of the black SUV in front of the hotel on Sunsent Boulevard, according to police.
While no one involved in the crash was hospitalized, Diddy told police he would seek his own medical attention but didn’t specify his injuries, Beverly Hills police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told The Associated Press.
Photos obtained by TMZ show Combs lying stunned in the grass after the crash. No citations were issued.
Diddy apparently had just flown into LA from New York, where he posted on Instagram pictures of the New York skyline taken from the plane.
Combs’ crash comes just a few days after he accepted an award from Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and delivered one of the humblest speeches of his career. Diddy was honored at NAN’s 3rd annual Triumph Awards and, as he took the stage, he was much more reflective than the public usually sees from a man known for his brash bravado.
“When you get a chance to get honored with an award, especially an award of this magnitude, it truly makes you reflect,” he said. “When you get an award of this magnitude by such a prestigious organization, you ask yourself, ‘Are you truly worthy of this award?’ And for me, I had to be honest with myself. I had to honestly look at those have come before me and the responsibility that they’ve taken on, honestly spawning me and a generation of young people like me to just feel like the things we were able to do, we were able to do it just through the hip-hip spirit and the hip-hop culture. Which the truth is our culture of having a sense of entitlement that we deserve to be treated fairly and we deserve to have swag and be leaders, actually came from those who came before us, like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Quincy Jones, Clarence Avon and Rev. Al Sharpton, who I think deserves a special round of applause, not only for what he’s done in the community but for the way he’s wearing that suit tonight.”
Combs described Sharpton as a father figure and said he had reached out to Sharpton on many occasions during times of trouble. He has also sought out Sharpton for his counsel on how to use his platform to give back.
Combs admitted that having such grand success early in his career played a role in stunting his personal development. But he said having children, which he described as a “wake up call,” forced him to evolve into a more complete individual.