*Since Sean “Diddy” Combs doesn’t have a whole lotta NYPD friends, it was really a mystery as to why he received a police escort after performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom last Friday (April 23).

Well, we’ll tell why, but remember that infamous run-in with the law Combs had back in 1999? Yes, we’re referring to the Club New York incident he was involved in which left several people shot and former Bad Boy rapper Shyne serving a 10-year prison sentence for assault and gun possession. Diddy fled the scene and the car he and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were riding in was pulled over after running several red lights.

“After how he treated cops the night he was arrested in Club New York, no one should have helped him cross the street, let alone get a police escort,” a former police officer told The New York Post.

Despite initial denials, the NYPD now admits that Diddy did receive an escort, but allegedly for just one block, not all the way to the Lincoln Tunnel as first reported. Keep in mind that the controversy kicked off after Combs’ plans to take a helicopter to an after party in West Orange, N.J. didn’t work out.

The officer who ordered the escort, after being brushed off the first time, claims he did so to alleviate a huge crowd that was forming in the rear of the venue and in the street.

“This wasn’t to benefit P. Diddy. It was to ameliorate a crowd situation,” attorney Andrew Quinn told the Post.