Diddy Settles Lawsuit Over 1999 Nightclub Shooting
Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs -- aka Diddy -- has reached a settlement with victims stemming from of a New York City club shooting which took place more than a decade ago. The New York Post reports that Combs agreed to pay three victims who were all injured in the shooting, in which former Combs protege Jamal "Shyne" Burrow was found guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
While the terms of the settlement are being kept confidential by the involved parties, Michael Bergos -- the owner of the now defunct nightclub -- refused to sign his share of the legal agreement, which would bar him from speaking out on the case. He holds fast that he "did nothing wrong" and "may need to talk about [the incident] sometime in the future." According to Bergos, the victim who was most seriously injured, Natasha Rueben, received a $1.8 million payout while the other two victims were given $500,000 and $50,000.
Although his payment should have been covered by his insurance company, Combs was forced to pay out of pocket because his insurance company went out of business. The shooting took place in December of 1999, while Combs was dating Jennifer Lopez -- who was also in the club with him at the time of the incident. Combs was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. Burrow, who maintains his innocence, was released from prison late last year but was deported to his home country of Belize.
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