Why 'Diddy' do it? Vandal decapitates wax statue of Sean Combs causing $300,000 in damages at Madame Tussauds

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs unveiling his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York Credit: Charles Sykes/AP

A man is on the run after a wax statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds in New York was decapitated in a vandal attack that caused up to $300,000 in damages at the museum.

Police said a man entered the museum near Times Square at around 8.45pm local time on Saturday and went to the statue before knocking it to the ground.

The vandal pushed the rap impresario’s likeness so forcefully the head fell off as the figure toppled, police have said.

Madame Tussauds New York said artists will fix the damage as quickly as possible to get the figure back to the museum’s A-List Party Room.

General manager Tom Middleton said Madame Tussauds does not rope off its statues so “guests can interact respectfully” with them.

The Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop mogul attended the statue’s unveiling in 2009.