Club Promoter Says Fabolous Was at Club Prior to Friend’s Murder
New York City club promoter Andre Faria insists that rapper Fabolous was at Manhattan club Duvet the night his friend Shamel “Money Mel” McKinney was fatally stabbed. According to the New York Daily News, Faria says that Fab showed up at the nightspot, with McKinney in tow, at the request of Faria’s company Party Time NYC. “Fabolous was there. He came in with about a dozen people between midnight and 12:30 a.m.,” Faria told the Daily News. “He brought the guy who was murdered with him, as part of his crew.” The promoter says the rapper left the club at around 2:00 a.m., saying that he had a family obligation. Fab’s lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, has disputed witness accounts placing his client at the club, and reiterated that the rapper was not present at any time on the night of McKinney’s murder. “I just called my client and have verified that he was not there at any point. Absolutely, positively not there,” Ebanks told the newspaper. Faria claims that the Brooklyn born MC and his crew gave security a hard time when they were frisked, and were almost denied entry because they hadn’t adhered to the club’s dress code. Faria also stated that witnesses told him that McKinney was stabbed while trying to break up a fight between two women who also arrived with the group.