L.A. Times Retracts Tupac Story
After apologizing and acknowledging that it unknowingly used forged FBI documents to create a report that linked hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs to the 1994 New York shooting of the Tupac Shakur, the Los Angeles Times has officially retracted the story, which was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chuck Phillips.
The story, which was posted on the Times Web site on March 17, claimed that Combs and Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond — the Game‘s manager and head of Czar Entertainment — knew Tupac was to be ambushed in the lobby of New York’s Quad Recording Studios. Combs and Rosemond have vehemently denied any involvement in the attacks.
“This story is beyond ridiculous and is completely false. Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened,” Combs said in a statement on March 17. “It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any involvement by Biggie or myself. I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story.”
The Smoking Gun seemed to agree with Combs and called the paper out for being “duped” by convicted conman James Sabatino. The paper launched an internal investigation and eventually apologized for building the story around false information and fraudulent documents.
“To the extent these publications could be interpreted as creating the impression that Combs was involved in arranging the attack, The Times wishes to correct that misimpression, which was neither stated in the article nor intended,” today’s retraction read. The article has been removed from the paper’s site. Read the full story.