'Puffy' Sued in Alleged Attack

Roger Mills, a syndicated Detroit TV host, has sued rap mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs, 31, his Bad Boy record label and members of the musician’s entourage over an alleged attack after an August 1999 interview, according to papers filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan, as reported by the Associated Press. Mills seeks unspecified damages on charges of assault, false imprisonment, destruction of property, intentional infliction of emotional distress and a civil conspiracy. During a TV interview, claims Mills, the rap star took offense when he was asked to comment on accusations that he contributed to the 1997 shooting death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. Mills’s attorney, Hugh Davis, said that Combs “terminated the interview” and a rep of the musician’s sought to buy the tape of it. Mills refused, his attorney said, and as Mills prepared to leave in his car, “(Combs’s entourage) demanded the tape be turned over. (Mills) declined and they physically took it from him and apparently destroyed the camera.” Mills’ neck was twisted and his shoulder was injured in the alleged attack, Davis said. Detroit police, which have confirmed that some sort of incident took place, investigated at the time of the complaint but made no arrests. “As we have yet to be served with this complaint, we are unable to comment on specific allegations,” Combs spokeswoman Nathalie Moar said in a statement. “However, any claim that Mr. Combs participated in any wrongdoing is totally false.” On March 16, a New York State Supreme Court jury acquitted Combs of gun possession and bribery charges stemming from a Dec. 27, 1999, shooting inside a New York nightclub in which three people were injured.

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