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Puff Daddy Sorry for Losing Temper

June 21, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rap star Sean ``Puff Daddy″ Combs has vowed to never again let his temper get the better of him, a friend said.

``He’s very upset at the perception that he let hip hop down,″ Def Jam Records chairman Russell Simmons told Time magazine in the June 28 issue. ``One of his kids saw him in handcuffs on TV. That really upset him. He’ll never let that happen again.″

Combs was arrested in April for allegedly beating record executive Steven Stoute, who suffered a broken arm, a broken jaw and cuts to his head. He said the 29-year-old rapper was one of three assailants.

The magazine said Combs blamed Stoute for letting MTV air a music video with a scene that showed Combs nailed to a cross.

Combs had reportedly ordered the scene cut because he worried it might be offensive.

``Sean has a strong spiritual sense and a lot of faith, and I told him there were things that could damage him with the church,″ said the Rev. Hezekiah Walker, Combs’ religious adviser at the Pentecostal Love Fellowship Tabernacle.

Combs, who is set to appear in court this week, has been charged with second-degree assault and criminal mischief. He could face up to seven years in jail.

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