: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs has denied a report by the Los Angeles Times that his associates were responsible for the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur at a New York recording studio, and that he knew about the attack in advance.
"The story is a lie," the hip-hop mogul said in a statement Monday. "It is beyond ridiculous and completely false. Neither (the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.) nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during or after it happened. ... I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story."
The 1994 shooting triggered the celebrated feud between East and West Coast rappers that led to the killings of Shakur and B.I.G.
The Times said its story was based on FBI records, interviews with people at the scene of the 1994 shooting, and statements to the FBI by an informant. None of the sources was named. The story says associates hoping to curry favor with Combs — who was overseeing B.I.G.'s white-hot career at the time — lured Shakur to the studio because of his disrespect toward them.
The story said that talent manager James Rosemond and promoter James Sabatino arranged the assault. They and Combs declined to be interviewed for the story, which appeared on the Los Angeles Times Web site but not in its paper publication.
Rosemond called the story a "libelous piece of garbage."
"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," he said in a statement. "Chuck Philips, the writer ... has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabrication. I simply ask for all rap fans and fans of Tupac to analyze this fiction for what it is."
The story, written by Chuck Philips, was the first investigative report published as a Web exclusive, said Meredith Artley, editor of LATimes.com.
"This piece was perfect for the Web," Artley said. "The Web audience skews younger. We had all these great multimedia elements, and we said we really don't need to wait to fit this in the paper."
A "smaller version" of the story may still run in the paper, she said.
We know U didn't Diddy! The writer just wants to get his shine on!!!!
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Diddy did nothing wrong...Biggie did nothing wrong..stop blaming the wrong people and put the blame on Suge Knight...why people still scared of dude? He holds no weight no more..dude got no money..so damn..stop blaming the wrong people.
i believe him
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He probably had something to do with it. Alot of celebs think their sh*t don't stink until they get caught up. I've never been a fan of Diddy or what ever is name is now. But I will always love Tupac!!!
in my opinion, i don't think puffy had anything to do with pac getting shot up in nyc by that recording studio. i also don't think big had anything to do with it either, however, it was really odd that there were associates out on the street by the studio to let them know that pac was approching...that didn't make sense.why the hell were there bottom feeders like lil cease and company already downstairs from the studio awaiting pac? thats what cell phones are for. previously, pac had a small dispute with hattian jack and others in the bad boy click cause they wanted him to be down and he refused.i'm just sayin.....i also believe suge know a hell of a lot more about pac and bigs murders than hes willing to admit......i also believe puffy had a whole lot more to do with the shooting at club new york than hes willing to admit( little off the subject, but it demonstrates puffy's sincerity)
all i know is diddy knows who killed both of them dudes, can't say if he is involved but he knows who did it. but like nigg.as be like, he won't snitch. i bet fauth and other people know to, but they won't say anything, can't blame them, you snitch you die. which is stupid crazy to me. i think suge and the cops got something to do with it. and diddy could or couldnot, when you have $$$ ypu have power. people like this usually make other people do dirty work for them. look at shyne in jail, i don't think he did it, i think he took the fall for diddy. but i don't like diddy anyways. i can'r wait for this fuc/k head to get his. and i can't wait for suge to meet the devil and rot in hell for eternity, this dude is a murderer and just the devil himself. and ain't no repent from him, he's the devil.
mami, if you believe that, then your a straight up DUMBA$$ chick. Your stupid a$$ statement proves you don't know sh*t that goes on at the studios in the Rotten. let me quote "wiggles1"...
"EVERYBODY KNOWS (ESPECIALLY US BROOKLYNITES) THAT ANYONE CAN GET GOT IN THE ROTTEN APPLE! YOU KNOW HOW MANY ENTERTAINERS GET ROBBED COMING IN OR GOING OUT OF THOSE STUDIOS? YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT HOW MANY OF THESE RAPPERS GET BACKED DOWN NAD NEVER MENTION IT. THEY CAN AFFORD TO BE ROBBED! IT IS INSURED ANYWAY. BEING FAMOUS DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T BE TOUCHED. WHY YOU THINK IDIOTS LIKE T.I PAY TO GET BURNERS?????? THEY ARE PRIME TARGETS.DUDES DID NOT GO IN THERE STRAIGHT BUSTING GUNS. TRUST. TUPAC WAS MARKED BY A EVERYDAY DUDE THAT WAS HUNGRY. IF HE NEVER PULLED OUT HIS BURNER HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ROBBED AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IT. HE WAS HIS OWN WORST ENEMY!"
Well put Wiggles1
So there U have it MSSHOWTIME! Think and do the research B4 U make dumba$$ comments, feel me?
PUFF U CAN TELL THE PEOPLE YOU ROLL WITH WHAT EVER U WANT BUT U AND I KNO WHATS GOING ON . I REALLY FEEL PUFF KNEW WHAT WAS GOIN DOWN THAT NITE LIKE PAC SAID PUFF AND BIGGIE WHERE LIKE THE HEAD DONS OF NYC AT THAT TIME AND YOU DIDNT KNOW WHOT SHOT PAC. BUT TO KEEP IT REAL THAT SET UP WAS NOT THE HIT THAT KILLED PAC IT WAS THE HIT THAT SUGE SET UP THAT KILLED PAC AND THEN BIG . SO IF THE LATIMES WANNA KEEP IT REAL DO THE STORY ABOUT PAC AND BIGGIE DEATH AND HOW SUGE AND THE DIRTY L.A.P.D COPS WHERE INVOLVED.
The people that are talking like they know what happen need to get their facts straight..
first of all people get robbed in NY everyday..
secondly Tupac Knew who came after him..
They were the same people who he was running with from Bklyn who he had up in the hotel room with that girl who accused him of rape..
tupac got got because he was talking ish about some real dudes.. he even caused these dudes to get locked up for a long time...
this is straight street ish..
this is not about no conspiracy that P-diddy or Big knew about..
this was Tupac beef and he knew it.. he just croosed paths with some real grimy dudes from Bklyn that he was running with and they came after him. point blank period.
If BIg and p-diidy knew he was going to be set up, why would they even be at the location????
If they knew he was coming there wouldn't they be smart enough to say lets be far away from this???
come on people are stupid to believe anything..
FUNNY HOW EVERYBODY WHO HANGS AROUND PUFFY OR DIDDY (OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS), EITHER GETS IN TROUBLE AND GOES TO JAIL OR ENDS UP DEAD. DIDDY ALWAYS SQUIRMS HIS WAY OUT. SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT ABOUT THAT SEEDY CHARACTER. . .REMEMBER SHYNE, BIGGIE, JR. MAFIA, FAITH, LIL' KIM. . .MA$E AND JLO WAS WISE TO LEAVE DIDDY, PUPPY (OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS) A$$ ALONE.
*SMH* its sad that with ALL the posts in here that have people talking like they know what happened or remember how the story went, only ONE person (YeahBaby) got it right.
and to dude who said "why were the bottom feeders like lil cease downstairs in the lobby waiting for him" come on fam, get your facts right, read the interview pac did RIGHT after the shooting, pac said cease was smoking upstairs by a window and said what up to him while he was walking into the building, the only people downstairs was a dude standing outside at the door and someone in the lobby reading a newspaper, both of whom pac said didnt acknowledge which he thought was weird and both ran up on him before he got in the elevator
I read the interview right after Tupac checked himself out of the hospital.That interview was deep.Tupac named names on the real.Nothing surprises me when it comes to this.I just hope the truth comes out.
WHAT YOU DO IN THE DARK, WILL COME TO LIGHT SOONER OR LATER. I AM MORE INCLINED TO BELIEVE SEAN COMBS HAD "SOMETHING" TO DO W/TUPAC'S MURDER. KILLING THE COMPETITION. THAT'S WHY (AT LEAST MUSIC WISE) WHAT HE TOUCHES TURNS TO SHYT. THEM GIRLS, THE BOYS BAND, BUNCH OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!!
MONEY IS POWER and rap is a dirty game...regardless of whom u are. Everyone has emotions..all it takes is some money behind da emotion and u have a ''HIT'' . i believe he arranged da robbery to b non violent but flopped when pac got da burna...but suge killed pac n big
Buy the 2pac Assassination DVD and you will know who killed 2pac.
To me he is the greatest of all time. Big was nasty but Pac'srhymes were more powerful and much deeper. This cat was 8 levels above everyone, imagine if he were still here.
Look p diddy, daddy or p papa doo... or what eva ur name is, i'm a fan of ur shows and ur drive- but 4 real-lets get this straight;
2pac even said that big told him that he needed to tell him something b4 the shooting, but neva saw him again .
So they all knew what was gonna get rubbed, but wasn't expecting it to get as far as bullets poppin.
Diddy and biggie might not have inspired the robbery, but they knew in advance...period!
it's all true people. do your research. listen to the songs from both parties.
IN BIGGIE'S "WHO SHOT YA?" THE LAST WORDS HE SAYS ARE " U REWIND THIS, BAD BOY'S BEHIND THIS"
PAC'S BOY SET HIM UP. HE GOT KILLED IN 96.
Yo you are real dumb son.. Who shot ya was done before pac was shot idiot..
that song was supposed to be on Mary J. Blige Album..
Big had nothing to do with pac getting shot dummy..
Pac got shot because he was running with some grimy dudes from Bklyn he met while he was shooting the movie Above the rim..
These were the same dudes he had up in the hotel with him with that girl who claimed he raped her..
Pac was talking reckless about these dudes.. that's why they were coming after him.. pac mouth got one of the dudes sent up state for a long time.. plain and simple..
you sound real stupid like you know the story..
you don't know sh1t dummy..
If Big and p-diddy knew something about it why would they stay at the same location???
the smart thing to do would be get out of there so nobody would put 2 and 2 together..
you are real dummy.. don't talk about sh1t that you have no knowledge about son...
What happened to Pac was some real street ish.. and Pac knew it..
don't fvck with street n1ggers if you don't want to dael with the consequences..
this was no fvcking conspiracy..
N1ggers got money. why would want to rob a N1gger..
you and all these other clowns sound real stupid just imagining what happened..
N1gger understand the street first.. Pac fvcked with some grimy n1ggers and started talking ish about them and then he put these cats out there on the trial for rape.. that's why right after the shooting he was convicted of sexual assault..
get your facts first and stop being a fvcking white boy rewinding fvcking records to get answers..
N1gger it aint that serious...
2pac had flows but cuzz wasnt as hood as yall thought if so he wouldnt of got dikd like he did, n to think he thought he was from lueders park lmmfgdao...badboy knew whatwas got crack n suge/baby lando r.i.p along wit da lapd took his life in 96.LAPD PLAYED DA BIGGEST PART IN IT!IT.LL NEVA BE SOLVED BECAUSE OF THAT FACT.
Diddy most definitely had something to do with pac being shot the first time....pac was man who spoke his mind and he was firm on that the attactk on him having something to do with diddy and big...he always said that diddy and big didn't do it but they knew who did and why....he said the dudes that did it rolled with diddy and this was NY and diddy knew the moves made by the people...if you research various archived article that pac did you'll see this is true...and it's very close to what the la times is now saying now.....diddy thought that these dudes was gonna rough pac up and it went too far...pac didn't make this up just to be beefin with diddy and big...he was friends with big at first and if ya'll was honest with yourselves you'd know that pac wasn't the type to just pick beef....he was legitimately pissed off at diddy...i like all parties involved...but behind the scenes some shady stuff happenes and i know diddy knows what this la times article is talkin' about
In my opinion the guy Pac beat down that night (Orlando Anderson) for snaching his chain and ran off previous to the night he was killed got revenge and shot him that night.
I just can't see Suge putting himself in harms way of a bullet by being in the same car with him when he got shot. Bullets fly where they want to, and Suge didn't become worth 100 million by the age of 31 by being stupid!
So let me get this straight. We are supposed to believe that Puffy had something to do with Tupac getting shot but has not retaliated against the person with the highest suspicion of being linked the Biggie's death? Please.......are we still on this old crap.
@ ferrarifresh......cease DID say that he came downstairs to see pac(as explained in his infamous street dvds), i got that straight, i've been to this studio several times(no, i wasn't there layin down tracks), theres no windows that open up for you to get a smoke break(smoking is banned in ALL public facilities in nyc).@yeahbaby....mr.hattian jack(mr.bad boy bottomfeeder) was in the hotel room with pac when some girl was allegedly raped.so mr. jack must know sumthin.although i feel big and puff had nuthin to do with what happened i agree with the majority, they knew sumthin that may have changed this entire situation.what it comes down to is we lost two people who left this earth too early.
SO WHUT I'M LAST.EYE SEE THEIRS A COUPLE OF YALL REAL BLOGGERS WHO BE READIN THU THE LINES(YEAH BABY).I'M FROM THE YAY AREA,WERE THE REAL HIP HOP STARTED AT ,WE KNEW 2 PAC WAY BEFORE ALL THIS FAKE RAP CHET POPPED OFF.DON'T BE BELEVE IN ALL THAT FUGAZZI CORPERATE MEDIA HYPE.ITS HELLA SHEISTY COAST TO COAST,ESPECIALLY IN THIS RAP GAME.THE FEDS WAS FOLLOWIN PAC AND BIGGIE,THEY KNOW WHO DID BOTH DEM CHETS.THEY KNOW WHO KILLED MAC DRE.BUT THE GOV'T WANT US TO CANCEL EACH OTHER OUT,AND KEEP THEY HANDS CLEAN.NOW IMMA PUT MORE FUEL TO THE FIRE BEEZYS,50 CENT(5-0)SET UP JAM MASTER JAY TO GET MERCED,SO HE COULD GET OUT OF THE SHIESTY COLUMBIA RECORD DEAL.AND DMX WAS THE STICK UP KID IN THE 2 PAC LICK AT THE QUAD STUDIO.HE BE RAPPIN BOUT IT ON HIS FIRST ALBUM ,LISTEN CLOSE.AND PUSS DADDY SET UP SHINE.YOU WANNA HEAR SOME HOLLA BACK.I GOT CO-ORSPONDANTS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD.WE GOT ALOT OF BIG DIRT FROM UNDA THA RUGG ON ALOT OF YALL ENTERTAINERS,ATHELETES,MINISTERS AND FAKE POLITICIANS.KEEP BLOGGIN AS DETAILS DEVELOP THIS MESSAGE WILL SELF DESTRUCT!!!!!!!! IN 3 SECONDS YOU BEEEZYS
Biggie had nothing to do with Pac getting shot In 1994. Big and Pac were cool however If you watch the Notorious movie that came out It's clues all up In that movie no one never cared to pay attention to any of It. When Pac came to Biggs studio that night In the movie Lil Cease told Pac they were on the 12 floor which was right but why did Diddy tell Biggs manager In the movie that they were on the 10th floor meaning Diddy set the whole thing up with Pac getting shot and knew Biggie wouldn't make It to the elevator In time to help Pac. Diddy never said anything to Biggie about the set up and kept It quiet, this Is why Pac didn't know who to trust at that point. It's such a shame how Diddy covered everything up and that the blame was shifted to Biggie. Bigg tried to reach out to Pac at the hospital but due to circumstances In the media and him being blamed for the shooting he wasn't able to. Biggie never set Pac up they were boys but Diddy did.