Monday, March 17, 2008
Chuck Phillips On Pac & Diddy
Sometimes a journalist makes the story and sometimes the story makes him. For the better part of the past decade, Chuck Phillips, an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times whose beat included the music industry, has been pursuing the Tupac and Biggie murders. Today's bombshell has been promised for a while, and now it's here:
a front-pager claiming the FBI has evidence that Diddy's henchmen plotted the ambush of Pac at Quad Studios in 1994.
The stories of Lil Shawn, his manager Jimmy Henchman, and mob-connected industry insiders James Sabatino and Haitian Jack have been circulating for years, and Cheo Coker discussed Haitian Jack in some detail in Unbelievable, his essential bio of Biggie. What's new is that Phillips seems to have confirmed the story with a number of witnesses as well as an FBI informant. One, now in prison, even promised to produce the medallion snatched from Pac on that night for a price.
This morning, Diddy issued a terse press release, saying, "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."
posted by Zentronix @ 12:07 PM
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