'Puffy' Says 'I'm Innocent'

A New York grand jury has indicted Sean “Puffy” Combs on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from a Dec. 27 shoot-out at a Manhattan nightclub. Also indicted was his bodyguard, Anthony Jones. If convicted, Combs could face up to 15 years in prison. The millionaire hip-hop producer, 30, is being represented by Johnnie Cochran (whose clients have included O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson) and Benjamin Brafman (who defended mob kingpin Sammy “The Bull” Gravano on a murder rap). The lawyers said Combs will plead not guilty to the charges. “The decision to indict me is wrong,” Combs said in a statement. “I’m innocent, and we will prove it. I am putting my faith in God, and I know my name will be cleared.” The grand jury spent three weeks investigating the shooting, which left three people wounded. After the gunfire, Combs fled the scene in a Lincoln Navigator with his girlfriend, actress Jennifer Lopez, 29. Grand jurors had previously indicted Combs’s prot g , Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, 21, on attempted murder and assault charges after witnesses said he shot the three victims at the Times Square club.

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