Someone attacked a statue of Sean “Diddy” Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario’s likeness so forcefully it lost its head, police have said.

Investigators are continuing to look for a suspect over the incident, which happened on Saturday night.

Police said a man entered the museum near Times Square at around 8.45pm local time, went to the statue and knocked it to the ground.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs unveiling his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York in 2009Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs unveiling his wax figure in 2009 (Charles Sykes/AP)

The head fell off as the figure toppled.

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.