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A Week Later, Diddy & Henchman Cleared of Tupac Shooting, Documents Forged Says The Smoking Gun

Posted By on March 26, 2008

A week after an article in the L.A. Times said that Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond were behind the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur, new evidence says the article was wrong. The Smoking Gun published an extensive peice that claims the article by the L.A. Times reporter Chuck Phillips, is based on forged documents. Phillips says his story was based on countless interviews, research and unnamed sources but The Smoking Gun says three of the documents the writer based his report on, aren't even official FBI reports as they claimed to be. The suspect documents contain information supposedly provided to FBI agents by an unnamed "confidential source." The Smoking Gun says the jailed promoter James Sabatino, who was also implicated in the shooting, is now believed to be this "unnamed source" and put out these records himself. The documents contain black marks masking the name of the agent who prepared them as well as case numbers and of course, the originals couldn't be found in the FBI database. The documents were also created on a typewriter and grammatical errors and sentence phrasing were found in them which were similar to Sabatino's own prose and forged court pleadings. They claim Sabatino falsely injected himself into this story because he is a "disturbed attention-seeker." The L.A. Times editor Marc Duvoisin said that the paper is launching its own investigation into the documents. The L.A. Times released a statement saying "Questions have been raised about the authenticity of documents that we relied on for a story on the assault of Tupac Shakur in New York," "We are taking this very seriously and have begun our own investigation" said L.A. Times editor Russ Stanton.