By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 19, 2002 01:00 PM
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No one escapes jury duty in New York, thanks to a crackdown some years ago by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who demanded that everyone serve. That’s why the courts around lower Manhattan are among the best places for star sightings. Witness Tuesday’s State Supreme Court appearance of hip-hop mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, no stranger himself to the courtroom. The New York Post says Combs, 31, reported for jury duty at 9:30 in the morning, sporting a Mets cap and Tom Seaver jersey and accompanied by a small entourage. But he didn’t get picked for the first jury he was up for. Seated with about 20 other would-be jurors facing a potential personal injury case, the Bad Boy Records honcho chatted away on his cellphone, says the Post. The judge and lawyers were not amused, though it was his admission that he could not be impartial that got him excused — from that case. He was then placed among another jury pool in yet another personal injury case, but he didn’t make the cut there, either. The Post says he has to call in to court Wednesday morning to see if his services might be required. Combs’s previous court appearances had to do with his alleged involvement in a 1999 shooting in a Times Square nightclub (he was cleared of all charges, including those for gun possession and bribery) and, earlier this year, in a case with his ex-gal pal, model Kim Porter. She sued to have him formally declared the father of 3-year-old Christian Casey Combs. A private settlement was reached, though the New York Post reported that the total price tag (until the child is 21) would cost Combs in excess of $4.5 million.