The L.A. Times Issues Apology Over Tupac Story

The Los Angeles Times and reporter Chuck Philips have issued apologies for the inaccurate reporting in a recent piece on the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at the Quad recording studio in Manhattan. The apologies come on the heels of an investigative report published online yesterday (March 26) by web site thesmokinggun.com that exposed the documents Philips used to source his story as fraudulent. In their report, The Smoking Gun meticulously detailed how incarcerated con man James Sabatino forged FBI records that Philips subsequently accepted as legitimate. The website pointed out that the documents contained several typographical errors and unusual acronyms not typically used by the FBI. Furthermore, the papers appeared to have been composed on a typewriter, and FBI agents stopped using typewriters decades ago. Sabatino filed the fake documents as part of a suit he initiated against Sean “Diddy” Combs last year over $19 million he claimed the mogul owed him. “In relying on documents that I now believe were fake, I failed to do my job,” Philips said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon (March 26). “I’m sorry.”

In Philips piece, he asserted that both Combs and Czar Entertainment founder Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond had prior knowledge of the November 20, 1994 ambush of Tupac at the Quad. Both Combs and Rosemond vehemently denied the allegations immediately after the Times report was published. Following the release of The Smoking Gun’s report, attorneys for both men accused the paper of negligence and suggested that defamation lawsuits could follow. “I would suggest to Mr. Philips and his editors that they immediately print an apology and take out their checkbooks—or brace themselves for an epic lawsuit,” Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, commented on Wednesday.

  • JAY STONE

    Newspapers are struggling and they are doing anything to generate a buzz. Its unfortunate that the Times took its need for readers to this level.

  • stoneyisland

    JUST IN…REMY MA GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES>>>
    Oh Ma God! Remy Found Guilty on Four Counts
    Posted Mar 27th 2008 12:24PM by TMZ Staff

    The verdict just came down in the Remy Ma trial, and the rapper has been convicted on four major charges — two counts of first-degree assault, attempted coercion, and criminal possession of a weapon.

    The charges stem from a 2007 incident in which Remy shot a friend of hers after a fight over $3,000 in cash stolen from Remy’s purse. The defense tried to make the shooting an accident — but it looks like they didn’t quite convince the jury.

    Remy was not found guilty of gang assault and witness tampering, among the nine total charges she faced. We’re told the victim’s friends and family taunted Remy when the verdicts were read — full pandemonium in the courtroom.

    Remy could face up from five to 25 years in prison at sentencing.

    Filed under: Celebrity Justice

  • stoneyisland

    I hope Puffy and nem take these cocksuckers to court and bankrupt the muthafuckas.

  • stoneyisland

    Hey Remy Ma, enjoy prison biyyyyyyyaaaaaatch:) you said in one interview all you wanted to do was look fly, drink champange and get your pussy ate..well you bout to get your pussy ate alright:)

    As for 150 pound mean mugging TI, 12 months aint shit kid, you can be out in 3 to 4 months if you keep your nose clean. I hate to see any brother get locked up but the shit you did was mad stupid, dont blame nobody but yourself, walk in like a man and walk out like a man. …Oh yeah dont drop the soap:)

    • myself

      YOU SOUND STUPID AS HELL!

  • TheRefriedMexican

    WAS I RIGHT OR WAS I RIGHT? EVERYBODY LOOK AT ALL THE COMMENTS I LEFT ON PREVIOUS PIECES RELATED TO THIS TOPIC. I HAD SERIOUS DOUBTS FROM THE START. CAUSE THE L.A. TIMES LACKS CREDIBILITY
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  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Emma Dawson

    the LA Times are idiots for printing the story in the first place. Bet they are feeling very humiliated now…

  • tony

    puffy told them niggas to shut the fuck up

  • http://www.msn.com west philly’s finest

    Chuck Philips is a fucking clown. This nigga writing lies for no fucking reason about something that happened more than a decade ago. Then they apologize for this dickhead’s conspiracy theories. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    REAL TALK
    PUFF/DIDDY AINT NO SAINT BUT I’VE ALWAYS RESPECTED HIS DRIVE & AMBITION & WHAT HE’S ACCOMPOLISHED AS A BLACK MAN IN THE BU$INE$$ WORLD. I WANT TO SEE & READ ALL OF THE APOLOGIES FROM THE IDIOTIC,STUPID, DUMB ASSES ON THESE HIP HOP WEBSITE’S THAT SAID HE SHOULD BE KILLED, JAILED FOR THIS MADE UP SHIT WITHOUT HAVING A LICK OF TRUTH TO IT!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT 99% OF THE PEOPLE ON THESE WEBSITE’S BELIEVE EVERY DAMN THING THEY READ.
    I READ THE LETTER FROM JIMMY ROSEMOND’S LAWYER TELLING THE LA TIMES DON’T PRINT THIS BULLSHIT & THEY DID ANYWAY, I HOPE HE WINS A BILLION DOLLAR$ FROM THEM!!! BLACK PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE SHIT WRITTEN ABOUT SUCCESSFUL BLACK PEOPLE & THEN HATE ON SOMEBODY DOING GOOD!!! IT’S 2008 WE NEED TO WAKE UP & GET OFF THAT BULLSHIT, WE’RE ABOUT TO HAVE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT!!! PEACE TO JIMMY HENCHMAN ROSEMOND & DIDDY KEEP MAKING MOVES & LIKE RICK RO$$ SAID “WHO GIVES A FUCK WHAT A HATER GOTTA SAY”

    PEACE!!!!!!!!

  • Aem

    Sound like some parallel shit from The Wire.

  • Trickdd

    Bottum line L.A Times aint no shit about what happen just stay the fuck out of some real mans buisness end up fucking around with some niggas that dont play talking that bullshit and get stuck in the ground. And another thing is if they did shoot 2pac why would your dum ass talk about the shit and end up getting killed over notheing

  • chris johnson

    We will never know who shot big or pac cause americca is a country that wouldn’t even look into the assination of its own president in kennedy, but we expect the government to give a shit about two rappers one of which (pac) was educating the youth about the realities of the harsh world. i mean we now the FBI was following them both and had taken survalence photos Big as he left the source awards but when he was shot the FBI was no where to be found. Like Jadakiss say WHY!!!??

  • http://xxlmag.com white chocolate

    let me bust a flow or let me bust a nut
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    tupac dead got shot in the head niggas doubt it but i eat wonder bread while im gettin head
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