Bad Boy mogul Sean Ã¢â‚¬Å“DiddyÃ¢â‚¬Â Combs and The Game’s manager Jimmy Ã¢â‚¬Å“HenchmanÃ¢â‚¬Â Rosemond today (March 17) shot down reports that implicate them in the 1994 ambush of Tupac Shakur.
Tupac was robbed and shot five times at the lobby of the Quad Recording Studio in New York in 1994. The rapper would survive the incident and would claim that Diddy and Notorious B.I.G. were involved in his ambush.
In a report released Monday by The Los Angeles Times, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Chuck Philips claims that Diddy and Rosemond had urged Tupac to sign to Bad Boy Records and he refused.
In retaliation, Diddy and Rosemond planned the ’94 ambush on Tupac which was supposed to look like a robbery but things went awry because the rapper’s assailants didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know he was armed.
Philips made waves in 2002 when he wrote an articles claiming that Biggie offered the Crips gang $1 million to kill Tupac in Las Vegas in 1996.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This story is beyond ridiculous and is completely false,Ã¢â‚¬Â Diddy said in a statement released ). Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â Rosemond responded in a statement. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chuck Phillips, the writer who in the past has falsely claimed that [Biggie] was in Las Vegas when Tupac was murdered and that Biggie supplied the gun that killed Tupac Ã¢â‚¬â€ only to be proven wrong, as Biggie was in New Jersey recuperating from a car accident. [The Times] has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabricationÃ¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I simply ask for all rap fans and fans of Tupac to analyze this fiction for what it is, along with Phillips’ motives behind it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Rosemond continued. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am baffled as to why the Times would print this on its Web site when a simple and fair investigation would reveal that the allegations are false. I am currently consulting with my attorneys about my legal rights regarding this libelous piece of garbage.Ã¢â‚¬Â