By Stephen M. Silverman And Steve Friess
Updated July 02, 2003 11:35 AM

FILED: Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs has been sued in Manhattan federal court for more than $25 million by a former business partner, Kirk Burrowes, who alleges the rap mogul forced him to sign away his interest in their company, Bad Boy Entertainment, by threatening him with a baseball bat, reports Reuters. “The allegations are pure fantasy,” Combs said in a statement on Tuesday. “Kirk Burrowes hasn’t been employed for seven years and now he makes up a fictional story for financial gain. He should be ashamed of himself.”

PLEADED: Kimberly Mathers, 28, former wife of rapper Eminem, pleaded not guilty in a Michigan court Tuesday to charges of possession of up to 25 grams of cocaine, driving with a suspended license and unsafe driving near a stopped emergency vehicle, reports the Associated Press. She stands accused. The drug charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Mathers, who is free after posting 10 percent of a $7,500 bond, faces a Sept. 9 preliminary examination.

HALTED: Model Rachel Hunter, 33, has dropped her case for divorce proceedings against her rocker-husband Rod Stewart, 58, just three days after filing it, reports the Smoking Gun Web site. No reason was given for Hunter’s decision, but when the New Zealand-born model first filed her papers on June 19, she cited “irreconcilable differences.” The couple married in 1990, at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. They separated in 1999, after Hunter reportedly said she was too young to settle down.

WED: Comedian-actor John Leguizamo, 42, and longtime girlfriend Justine Maurer, 35, were married Saturday in New York City, reports PEOPLE. The couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Allegra, served as flower girl, and son Ryder, 2, was the ring bearer.

DIED: Jazz flutist Herbie Mann, 73, who became an international success by fusing Brazilian and African rhythms to mainstream jazz, died after a long battle with prostate cancer, a business associate told Reuters on Wednesday. For the past several years, the Brooklyn-born music giant had resided in New Mexico, which is where he died.