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2Pac's Shooting: Diddy Didn't Do It

3/17/2008 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sean "Diddy" Combs and James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond are furious over an L.A. Times article today that implicated them in the 1994 shooting of 2Pac.
Tupac, Diddy
The shooting -- which occurred at Quad Recording Studios in N.Y., two years before his "death" -- has never been solved and no charges have ever been filed. But an L.A. Times report out today claims the FBI has received new information that ties the shooting to two associates of Diddy: Rosemond and promoter James Sabatino.

In a statement, Diddy says, "This story is a lie. It is beyond ridiculous and is completely false. Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. 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."

Sabatino is currently in prison for unrelated crimes, but Rosemond says he has never been questioned by police over the shooting. Rosemond attacks the writer of the article, Chuck Philips, by saying he "has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabrication." Philips has been covering the 2Pac shooting and his eventual murder for years, but told AllHipHop.com this weekend, "I don't believe that Biggie and Puffy set Tupac up [to be shot]."

Rosemond added that he is "currently consulting with my attorneys about my legal rights regarding this libelous piece of garbage."

2Pac had long-claimed that Diddy and Notorious B.I.G. were involved in the shooting.
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FlBiker    

TUPAC backwards = CAPUT

2350 days ago
17.

Stan    

ARREST THEM!!!!!!!

2350 days ago
18.

Valerie    

TMZ: I've said it before and I'll say it again: its d-u-e d-i-l-i-g-e-n-c-e
Get your facts straight and then try reposting this actually interesting story. Your misrepresentation of the facts (the year of the shooting primarily) makes your "reporting" laughable. And isn't your claim that you are "reporting" to the public the main reason why celebrities cant sue you for misrepresentation?
Take the time to report the facts instead of posting multiple stories 5 minutes later to make up for the lack of true facts in the original post.

2350 days ago
19.

racing56    

The world would be a much better place if somehow all these clowns could just eliminate each other at the same time. There is no social redeeming value to anything that they do. Pimps of the lowest order on the human chain.

2350 days ago
20.

Valerie    

Wow, my bad TMZ. I didnt read the story correctly. I thought that you were saying he died in 1994. My apologies, you got me on this one!!

2350 days ago
21.

llthree    

down low club= puffy, shamar moore, will smith, russell simmons, you know?

2350 days ago
22.

Brattus Rattus    

Dayum. I really miss Tupac's music. Never cared for Biggie or Diddy (or whatever his name is this week). It's crazy that there have never been any arrests made. I know that if he hadn't been a "Gangsta" rap figure, they would have put in more time and effort.

P.S.
He was fine as hell, too!
< :3 )~~~~

2350 days ago
23.

Waffle    

Guys, it was what, 12 or 13 years ago? The past is the past and you should stop all this stupid arguing. Both rappers are dead, we can't do anything, let's get over it.

2350 days ago
24.

Robbi    

@ Jes88

Tupac was shot (the 1st time), coming out of a NYC recording studio! I believe he was shot in the head, because his head was bandaged up for a some time. I also believe he went to prison shortly there after...for some reason I remember seeing him with his head bandaged, sitting in a wheelchair, going to prison...for sexual assault.

If I have the prison facts messed up, sorry everybody...but I do know he was shot coming out of the studio.

2350 days ago
25.

Tony Mayo    

whoever posted comment #6 is lame........come up with something better there buddy

2350 days ago
26.

sherricheu    

And this is suppose to be shocking to people? My God, Diddy has been in trouble before over guns, the man is a ganster and so are his associates! GET A CLUE!!

2350 days ago
27.

Flash    

Who really cares? The were thugs that lived that lifestyle. Russell Simmons looks and acts like he would be part of the d-low club,

2350 days ago
28.

Melissa    

He was shot more than once stupid! He was attacked and shot awhile before he died and swore in a magazine interview that Puff and Big knew all about it! Even I knew that! jeez stupid people watch VH1 once in awhile.

2350 days ago
29.

Nuff_Said    

YOU CAN ADD EDDIE MURPHY AND TOM CRUISE TO THE DOWN LOW LIST..ALTHOUGH TOM IS A COUCH JUMPER NOT A RAPPER...

2350 days ago
30.

Erica    

Does anyone even listen or know anything about Tupac on these comment pages??????? Tupac was actually a good guy that got involved socially with the wrong people! He is one of the greatest artists to have ever walked the planet. Sure most people that didn't really listen to him would think he was harsh, etc...but look at the world we live in!!!!!! He didn't start the violence and drugs on the street he just brought the problems in the streets on a world stage, so even people in the nicest neighborhoods would know. A lot loved him and some didn't. To get back to this topic of this news story: Pac was shot first in 1994, 5 times in a "robbery" while entering quad studios in new york to be on a track with a guy named Lil Shawn, being paid 7 G's in the process or so he was promised to get him to the studio. This studio was the same studio that Bad Boy worked out of. Now backgound of how this all came about. While Pac was making Above the Rim movie he was approached by a guy he calls nigel on the set telling him nigel will take care of him while he is out there to make sure he gets in no trouble (at the time Pac had already had a few run-ins with the law &/or his music was somehow the reason/cause that others were committing crimes, say what???) Nigel knew a guy named "Booker", as Pac referred to him as, who introduced him to Pac. They all started hanging together, going to clubs,etc. Pac was warned by a couple people to stay away from em cause they're no good, but one of those poeple warning already had affiliation with one, so he thought what the hell. They had the money, they had the weed, he thought they were cool. Some have accused Jaqcues Agnant (Haitian Jack) and Walter Johnson (King Tut) to be those two men. There was also a third man who people have suggested is Jimmy "the Henchman" Rosemond, that could be one of the said characters involved. All these men have affiliation with Bad boy or had affiliation at that time. Remember these 3 people were BIG time characters in NY. The LA times article implicates another man by the name of James "Jimmy" Sabatino, who sued Bad Boy for unpaid work, though he's in jail currently on other issues. They wanted Pac to sign with Bad Boy but Pac refused, this was before he was sentenced(which was the next day) to 2-4 yrs for touching a female's ass that gave him a blow job in the club days earlier...some coincidence this girl was introduced to Pac at the club by Haitian Jack and Haitian Jack was at the hotel when girl made her accusation that she was raped. Both were charged but they had seperate judges and court rooms, shortly after Pac's conviction of a lesser charge and sentencing Haitian Jack's case was dropped. This whole story is bigger then anyone ever thought...if nothing is connected there are a lot of coincidences that just keep poppin up. On the night Pac got shot he was paged throughout the night by "booker" to come to the studio. That they were waiting on him to get there. Pac made a couple stops and then got to the studio with his boy "stretch", and a couple other homeboys. In a vibe interview he said he felt uneasy about the situation at first cause one of the guys in there was cool wih one of the people Pac didnt like..until he saw lil Ceas from junior mafia yelling down to him, Pac said he was cool with him. He said there was a man outside in fatigues that barely looked at him and then another guy sitting down reading a newspaper on the inside, he didnt really look up either. While Pac and his 3 friends were waiting for the elevators the "robbery" happened. Pac said it was the two men he saw outside and sitting reading when he first came in. They shot him 5 times and kicked and hit him....which later made Pac think that "Stretch" somehow was in on it too or atleast knew. Some have speculated that "King Tut" was the man Pac didn't like and some have also speculated that "king tut" was the man who threatened Pac in his hospital room, which made him pre-release himself from the hospital against doctors orders and move to a safe location. When Pac went upstairs after the shooting he said everyone was there Biggie, Puffy, Andre Harrell and from that vibe interview he said none of them even came over to him or would look at him..that vibe interview is deep you should go back an read it. Whether or not you believe that Puffy or anyone affiliated wit Bad Boy knew or had something to do with it that is your choice, but the issue I think that needs to be looked at is the politics just to make music. If the music industry is this corrupt where artists for a passion for music cant make music without having to deal with these outside influences then what has come of the industry as a whole????????? And for fact based Pac died in Las Vegas in a shooting that too is unsolved and very questionable about how it all went down in 1996. RIP Pac.

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