Roughly 14 years ago, Tupac Shakur accused Sean “Diddy” Combs and Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace of orchestrating a near fatal attack on him outside of New York’s Quad Recording Studio. In today’s edition of the LA Times, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Chuck Phillips uses FBI testimony and anonymous firsthand accounts, to allege that Shakur was correct.
Aside from Combs, Czar Entertainment founder Jimmy Rosemond is the most notable figure named in the article. Phillips cites FBI records from 2002, which quote a “confidential informant” as telling authorities that Rosemond and James Sabatino were involved in the attack. Neither Combs, Wallace or Rosemond have ever been accused of any crimes relating to the 1994 assault or the death of Tupac Shakur. Sabatino is currently in prison for unrelated offenses.
Phillips also covered the 2002 wrongful-death suit involving Wallace‘s estate and the LAPD. Phillips‘ allegations come on the heels of recent legal issues for both Combs and Rosemond. In January four men backed up a realtor’s claim that Combs hit him during an altercation over a woman at a post-Oscar party. In February Marvin “Tony Yayo” Bernard, of G-Unit, was cleared of allegedly assaulting Rosemond‘s teenage son.
Neither Combs nor Rosemond gave comments to the Times regarding the allegations. Rosemond‘s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the report “ancient double-hearsay allegations.” The full LA Times Web exclusive, entitled Blood Feud, can be found here and at www.latimes.com/tupac.