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Shooting Story

All a Big Hoax?

3/26/2008 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

So that explosive report last week by a Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times reporter that linked P. Diddy to the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur? Looks like it may have been a big hoax, perpetrated by a federal inmate who fabricated many of the "FBI reports" on which the story was based.

According to The Smoking Gun, a con artist in Federal prison named James Sabatino created the documents that were the basis for the Times' March 17 report, which suggested that the 1994 shooting of Tupac was planned and perpetrated by Diddy and his associates. The supposed FBI reports and lawsuits Sabatino says he filed were apparently created in the Allenwood federal penitentiary in White Deer, Penn., and can't be found in the bureau's database.

Diddy denied any involvement in the shooting in 1994 -- and after the Times' report. We called the reporter of the piece, Chuck Phillips, for comment, and haven't heard back. L.A. Times editor Russ Stanton, through a rep, issued the following statement: "Questions have been raised about the authenticity of documents that we relied on for a story on the assault of Tupac Shakur in New York. We are taking this very seriously and have begun our own investigation."


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dim witt...change places with Tupac!!! if only....

2402 days ago

Carolyn A-B    

Does the L.A. Times still have any editors on staff? No one vetted this story? Goodbye, Chuck Philips.

2402 days ago


why all of a sudden he got mad popular after the death of tupac and biggie...hmmmmm??makes ya wonder...I don't trust his ass....he is too egotistical to not take down people that are in his way. Who did he pay off for this "new" news?

2402 days ago


carpediem, I agree....if only......

2402 days ago


Don't trust puffy he screw over most of his artist and
he also screw biggie over. he was involved in tupac shooting at the studio in 1994
even tupac says it that puffy was involved.
so don't be surprised

2402 days ago


sounds like a cover up to me. something fishy about this whole damn thing.


2402 days ago


TUPAC backwards = CAPUT

2402 days ago

OC Get A Life    

Given the number of senseless gang murders, shootings, rapes, arsons, and littany of other crimes reported daily in the LA Tmes for the last three decades. Perhaps, before making Mr. Combs a target for every thug wannabe in America regardless of their half-wit retractraction. They should have checked their source a guy in jail for fraud and perjury - who is psychologically ill and believes he knows everyone in Hollywood.

2402 days ago


Piff didn't do it....personally....but he was involved when that happened...he was at the meeting that took part In Vegas when they decided they wanted to get rid of Tupac...To me,he always is gonna be tainted with that event...

2402 days ago


Who cares? The more these no-talent thugs knock each other off, the better.

2401 days ago

lil b    

its strange hw tupac and biggie met their deaths the 1 with the least talent made it soooooooo far?it all sounds 2 cosy 4 p.diddy who made by other ppls mis fortune dnt no hw u sleep at nite.

2400 days ago


"Diddy" is nothing but an "N" thug. One day it will catch up with him + he will be doing some
serious time.

2400 days ago


i dont get sumtin i kno it sounds retaded but...iz 2pac alive or not???

2399 days ago


2-pac zivi vijecno i ZIVJET CE,a paf dedy,didi,pafy,pufy,je papcina i onako je se ugasio...

1303 days ago


U know looking back at interviews of Tupac from personal to body guards that he had, I gotta say I think something is messed up. One of the interviews I found said Pac didn't want to go to Las Vegas because he would be a Dead Man Walking, now what changed his mind, and a couple of things I've heard is that he was air lifted and not transported by an ambance? to tell u the truth and just hear me out people I think Pac is still alive but doesn't want anyone to know until he thinks its ok.

1141 days ago

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