'Puffy': Assault Charge

Hip-hop mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs was charged with second-degree assault in New York City Friday in connection with an alleged attack on Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute, who was found cowering in his office after being beaten with a champagne bottle. The dispute was reportedly over a music video. (Stoute manages rapper Nas, whose new video “Hate Me Now” apparently has a scene that features Nas and Puffy each nailed to a cross.) Combs, 29, surrendered to police voluntarily and was released from Manhattan Criminal Court after posting $15,000 in bail. News reports say Combs was treated like a visiting dignitary in court and that he shook hands with and signed autographs for authorities.

  • At the time of the attack, says prosecutors, Puffy was with two companions, and all three punched and kicked the 6-foot, 300-pound victim, slamming him with a telephone and a champagne bottle. “They were on me so fast,” Stoute told police, “I barely had time to cover my head.”
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