Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond have wasted no time refuting allegations made by L.A. Times reporter Chuck Philips in an article published today. In the piece, Philips claims that Rosemond took part in arranging the 1994 ambush on Tupac Shakur at the Quad Studios in Manhattan, and that Combs and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. were aware of the setup. During the attack, ‘Pac was shot five times in what appeared to be a botched robbery attempt. The Times piece is largely sourced by testimony from an unidentified FBI informant who claims to have inside knowledge of the incident. In response to the article, Diddy categorically denied the allegations and called the Times “irresponsible” for publishing a story he deemed “baseless and completely untrue.” Rosemond also denied any involvement and pointed out that he has never been questioned by authorities about the case in the 14 years since Tupac was shot.
Combs’ and Rosemond’s statements read as follows:
“This story 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.” – Sean “Diddy” Combs
“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. Chuck Phillips, the writer who in the past has falsely claimed that the Notorious Biggie Smalls was in Las Vegas when Tupac was murdered and that Biggie supplied the gun that killed Tupac — only to be proven wrong as Biggie was in New Jersey recuperating from a car accident, has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabrication. 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. I am baffled as to why the LA Times would print this on its website 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.” – Jimmy Rosemond