L.A. Times Links Diddy to 1994 Shooting of Tupac
According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, Sean "Diddy" Combs is being linked, yet again, to the 1994 shooting of his former rival, the late Tupac Shakur. Tupac spent years claiming that Combs and Brooklyn, New York-bred rap star Notorious B.I.G. were responsible for the attack, which took place in the lobby of Quad Recording Studios in New York on November 30, 1994. Combs vehemently denied allegations of his involvement, which B.I.G. played with the notion on the memorable diss track, 'Who Shot Ya?'
According to Times reporter Chuck Phillips, the late B.I.G. -- real name Christopher Wallace -- and Combs were not involved in the actual planning of the ambush but were aware that Tupac was to be attacked. The newly discovered information claims Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond -- the Game's manager and head of Czar Entertainment -- and promoter James Sabatino were directly involved.
Combs continues to deny allegations that he was involved in the shooting. "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. "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."
Rosemand also released a statement claiming his innocence. "In the past 14 years, I have not even been questioned by law enforcement with regard to the assault of Tupac Shakur, let alone brought up on charges, " the CEO said in a statement. "Chuck Phillips, the writer who in the past has falsely claimed that the Notorious Biggie Smalls was in Las Vegas when Tupac was murdered and that Biggie supplied the gun that killed Tupac -- only to be proven wrong as Biggie was in New Jersey recuperating from a car accident, has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabrication."
Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. His death, along with the 1997 murder of Wallace remain unsolved.