Los Angeles Times Retracts Story On Sean Combs Involvement In 1994 Shooting Of Shakur
The Los Angeles Times has issued a retraction of their story by writer Chuck Phillips, which stated that Sean “P-Diddy” Combs was responsible for the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur. Phillips apologized for sourcing fraudulent FBI documents in the recent story, which caused a major uproar and threatened to re-ignite an East Coast – West Coast hip-hop feud.
Citing information from the forged FBI documents, Phillips claimed that associates of Puffy ambushed Shakur at Quad Studios near Times Square just before Shakur was to appear in court for rape charges.
“In relying on documents that I now believe were fake, I failed to do my job,” Philips stated. “I’m sorry.”
The Smoking Gun initially uncovered the fraud. Editor William Bastone outlined a number of tell-tale forgery indicators, and tied the shenanigans to James Sabatino, who is currently incarcerated. The “302” FBI informant form was created on a typewriter, despite a shift by the Bureau towards computers decades ago, and was “riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, the purported 302 documents vary sharply from standard FBI reports in terms of phraseology and use of certain acronyms,” Bastone declared.
Diddy dismissed the original report as “ridiculous and completely false” in a response last week. Shakur survived the Quad Studios attack, but was ultimately went down in a firestorm of bullets in Las Vegas.
More information on the Los Angeles Time Apology.
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