The Los Angeles Times stirred up some controversy Monday morning (March 17) when an article about the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur accused Bad Boy Records founder, Diddy, of knowing — ahead of time — the rapper was walking into a trap.
One very interesting piece of information written backed the longtime theory Tupac also believed — that both Diddy and the Notorious B.I.G. knew he was walking into a trap when he entered New York’s Quad Recording studio.
Since the story went up Monday morning, Diddy released a statement denying it in its entirety.
“This story is beyond ridiculous and is completely false,” Diddy says. “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.”
Also in the story, it names CEO of Czar Entertainment, Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond, as one of the men who orchestrated the entire attack on Tupac.
Rosemond adamantly denies the accusations as well.
“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,” Rosemond said in a statement. “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.”
Furthermore, Rosemond was surprised that a credible company like the Los Angeles Times would print an article like this, saying he is looking into taking legal action.
“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,” Rosemond said. “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.”