An East Hampton Town justice issued a restraining order last Thursday against a Jamaica, Queens, man who had spent the night of March 31 in the music mogul Sean Combs’s bluff-top vacation house in East Hampton.
Quamine T. Taylor, 30, was arrested on April 1 after a property manager for Mr. Combs discovered him there, town police said.
Mr. Taylor had been in Suffolk County jail in Riverside since his arrest, unable to raise the $2,000 bail on petty larceny and criminal trespassing charges set at his April 2 arraignment.
On Thursday, two Sheriffs Department officers brought Mr. Taylor, restrained in handcuffs and ankle shackles, before Justice Catherine Cahill for a pretrial hearing. He was represented by a legal aid attorney.
Melissa Aguanno, a Suffolk assistant district attorney, told Ms. Cahill that her office wanted Mr. Taylor to serve at least eight months on the charges.
Mr. Taylor was then told by Ms. Cahill that a restraining order had been issued and he was to stay away from Mr. Combs's property.
As officers began to lead Mr. Taylor away, he paused and asked Ms. Cahill if he could speak. Ms. Cahill nodded, indicating that he could.
Mr. Taylor spoke softly. “Can I get a new attorney?” he said.
Ms. Cahill asked him to repeat his question.
“Can I ask you something? Can’t I just pay a fine?” he said.
After he repeated the question into a microphone, Ms. Cahill told him that would not be possible. Unable to make bail, he was returned to jail.