Diddy Gets SUED For The Rights To Biggie’s HITS

: MIAMI (AP) - A former associate of Sean "Diddy" Combs has filed a lawsuit from prison against the hip-hop mogul, claiming Combs owes him more than $19 million for music by the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

James Sabatino, a former consultant for Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., said he flew B.I.G. to Miami in 1994 to perform a show and record some music. The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, recorded about 17 minutes of vocals, and the session was also captured on about 90 minutes of video footage.

It was understood that both belonged to Sabatino because he paid for the rapper's travel expenses and studio time, although a contract was never signed, according to the lawsuit.

Combs' attorney did not immediately comment Saturday night. Sabatino is still in prison, and a listing for his attorney could not be found.

B.I.G. was killed in 1997 in what a still-unsolved homicide. Later that year, Combs agreed to buy the music and video footage from Sabatino for $200,000. Combs gave Sabatino a check for $25,000 and promised the rest of the money in 60 days, according to the lawsuit.

Combs said the reason for the delay was that Los Angeles police had named Sabatino a person of interest in the rapper's death. Sabatino and Notorious B.I.G. were scheduled to meet the night of the killing, but Sabatino never showed up.

Combs worried it could be misconstrued if the public found out his company had paid a person of interest in the killing, the lawsuit said.

Sabatino was later incarcerated on unrelated charges but still tried to get the money from Combs. He was repeatedly told it was coming soon, according to the lawsuit.

The $19 million is being sought for both actual and punitive damages, the lawsuit said.

Sabatino says in the lawsuit that he felt pressured not to talk about the dispute because Combs had been questioned by police about the rapper's death. Combs apparently told police he did not feel Sabatino was involved in the slaying, but Sabatino says he feared Combs would change his story and implicate him even if it was not true.

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yvonne115

Classybuttafly
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Good. I think Diddy is pretty sneaky dude. I never like him.


SamSiege
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www.youtube.com/samsiegeproductionz We all know P Diddy/Puffy whatever the hell hisname is these days will use biggie's name til its just "smallz"


noJustice
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its about time


MzButtaWorth
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He has always been Shadey so he gets what's coming to him


keyshiafan
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i feel like diddy need 2 retire and pass the torch..i swear if diddy comes back out with another album...im dying..lol...cause he just gettin 2 old for this...he needs to just focus on his entrepreneurship and producing...him and jay-z...thats all..


Blazin
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PRETTYDanielle
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EVERYONE knows Diddy is "Grimmy"...He's like a MALE GOLD DIGGER!! Or sumthing like dat! Kim will learn......LOL


hotboyjtc

Mrs_ChoKoLit
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Wow! The drama never seems 2 leave Diddy's side. Also, if you're in jail, how are you suing some1? What? You looking 2 add 2 your conversary? haha


afro_angel
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ok- well i think a trip to judge judy is in order - she'll soon get to the bottom of it.


prettykrazything
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hahahaha thats wat he gets


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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THAT'S ODD THAT DIDDY PAID SABATINO MONEY THE SAME YEAR BIGGIE WAS MURDERED. IF THIS GUY FLEW BIGGIE TO THE STUDIO IN 1994, WHY WASN'T THE MONEY PAID DURNING THAT SAME YEAR (1994) AND NOT THE YEAR BIGGIE WAS KILLED (1997)?????? SOUNDS TO ME LIKE DIDDY MAY HAVE BEEN PAYING FOR THE KILLING. WASN'T IT SUSPECTED THAT DIDDY HAD SOME INVOLVEMENT IN BIGGIE'S MURDERED? AFTER ALL, BIGGIE WAS A BIG STAR AND DIDDY WAS JUST REALLY HIS SIDE KICK. DIDDY DIDN'T COME UP UNTIL AFTER BIGGIE DIED.... (IN THE WORDS OF ARSENIO HALL, "THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMMM").


plug
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silly diddy could u please pay my jeep off i will give u some


mzarrogance
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yeah, diddy has always been shady when it comes to finances. @ beautiful one - you're right, diddy was being investigated for a while (acc. to lapd) after his murder. then there's the way big's mom said she's had to fight puffy for her son's money, etc. it was on vh1. she said that she is not rich.



ANELALEIA
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KARMA BEOOTTCHHHHHHHHHHHHH


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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MZARROGANCE YEAH I RECALL THAT. BUT NOW IT SEEMS THAT DIDDY AND BIGGIE'S MOM HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. IT ALL SOUNDS SUSPECT TO ME.


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE NOT CONTENT BEING THE SIDEKICK AS DIDDY WAS TO BIGGIE. DIDDY WANTED FAME AND FORTUNE AND MAY HAVE FELT BIGGIE GOT TO FAST, WHILE DIDDY WAS WORKING IN THAT FIELD FOR A MINUTE. CELEBRITIES ARE NOT ABOVE "CRIMINAL INTENT". I HEARD THE TRANSEXUAL EDDIE MURPHY WAS CAUGHT WITH ENDED UP DEAD.


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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I'M NOT IMPLYING EDDIE MURPHY HAD ANY INVOLVEMENT WITH THAT TRANSEXUAL'S MURDER. IT'S JUST WHAT I HEARD.


MsHmltn
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Wow! www.myspace.com/polishedaffairs www.polishedaffairs.com


KaptainFury
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DON'T HATE P BUT DAT NUGA ALWAYS MESSING WITH PPLS' MONEY. AND THAT OTHER NUGA SABATINO OR WOTEVA SOUNDS SHADY 2 ME ANYWAYZ. THEY BOTH DESERVE 2 BE BANGED UP 4 A MINUTE


flygirlph
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Well I always thought Diddy had something to do with Big's death. Diddy and Sabatino are shay as hell and all I gotta say is "Karma is a Bitchh"!!!!


flygirlph
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I meant to say "shady as hell"


ReggieBushGurl87
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DAMN DIDY I DIDN'T KNOW U WAS LIKE THAT PAY THAT MAN HE'S DAMN MONEY HE GON NEED IT WHEN HE GET OUT OF PRISON


MissDivaBeeh
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Diddy always in court for somethin'


RemyMa
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Good Diddy is an asshole living the life off of Biggie's talent, he isn't even concerned about finding his killer. Think about it without Big Diddy would be nothing, he can't sing, rap or dance. But look at him living the life with millions of dollars while Biggie is dead. If I was Big's mother I would be beyond pissed! Even the way he did Shyne, and then braging about getting acquitted on I Get Money remix. If it wasn't for Shyne him and J.Lo would be dead. He screws over everybody and thinks he is the sh!t with his 10 bodyguards spitting on that guy just because he was standing up for his girlfriend who Diddy was tryna holla at, i'm telling you something bad is going to happpen to him it's called karma!!


c
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The LOX been called this ni99a out about holdin on to BIG's publishing! Ms Wallace should have all of it anyway! Bad Boy aint been shyt since BIG passed away and Puff knows it! I'm still tight about how he did Shyne dirty!


barebody
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some huge rocks about to be turned and mad Sh!t about to hit the fan......just watch ...for some reason i am assuming that there is more to this story


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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BAREBODY I AGREE WITH YOU. I FEEL THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY WITH JAMES SABATINO AND DIDDY AND SOON IT WILL ALL BE EXPOSED.


hollywood100
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Yo, what kinda craziness is that??? BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!!! www.topdollardj.com www.topdollardj.com www.topdollardj.com



jwinters61
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We should be suing Diddy for HIS lyrics! He sucks!!!


JafeeGee
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suzieque43
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i agree,diddy better watch his back and beef up the body guards because he may be next. you don't mess with no dude that's already in prison.


bigsam404
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I agree with barebody.... Some real heavy sh!t is about to down in a major way.... Diddy better sell a hell of a lot of cologne and jeans to buy his way out of this one... if he can


LalaLikesLollipops
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FINALLY! its about damn time diddy been riding biggie's music for too long. shyne need to get his ass back now.


PUSSYVILLE
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THATS WHAT THE HELL PUFFY GET. STANK LOOKIN MOUTH!


carrington
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baller
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Puff is shady as hell...people be thinking he so damn innocent. Don't be surprised if he had something to do with Big's and Pac's murders.


OsoSEXI
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I can't stand DIDDY, you can tell he stingy with the money he got. That would be real f*cked up if he did have something to do with BIG's death. Ima co-sign with the other posters, he was #2 til BIG died. It will come back to him...


yeahisaidit
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The man didn't sign a contract. Good luck with collecting that.


Beautynyc
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IF PUFFY WAS WHITE...YALL WOULD OVER LOOK THE BULL HE DOES....I LOVE HIM... IF YOU DON'T FEEL ME...SAY SOMETHING: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/VOLOUPTOUS


coolest
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i always suspected diddy with bigg and pac's murder, its sad....because it doesn't seem like he is concerned about finding the so-called killer or killers. who else knew the details of bigg that night other than his side kick diddy...he's the one that probably set it up...remember, he wasn't even in the same vehicale as bigg, but apparently not far behind. the truth will come out and i wont' be surpise!!!!


coolest
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typo: vehicle


HardCore
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I miss Suge Knight. Suge had Diddy azzz shook. You know, if Suge was still in the game he would've dealt with Diddy right about now. Maybe its good that it didn't happen 'cause we'd be subject'd to Diddy's greatest hits CDs.


hearmenow
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Diddy has always been a clever man but he also a greedy one. It doesn't surpise me that someone is suing Diddy for doing some shady business pratices.A damn shame he doesn't think he should share the wealth. What an asshole.



Rude_Hater
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some people are so desperate for money.


BEAUTIFUL-ONE
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DOESN'T DIDDY HAVE A SISTER NAME KESHIA? HOW COME WE NEVER HEAR ABOUT HER?


Margo03
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I always suspected him of having something to do with Big's murder. Yeah soon as biggie died he profited. He always given a shot out to him I mean come on let the man rest