Celebrity Puffy to Face Music By People Staff Published on May 17, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Sean “Puffy” Combs and rapper Heavy D are 50% responsible for a stampede at a party that left nine people dead in 1991, a New York state judge has ruled. The City College of New York, where the party was held in a gymnasium, bears the rest of the responsibility, Court of Claims Judge Louis Benza ruled. The people were killed when fans rushed a celebrity basketball game and party sponsored by Combs and Heavy D. One of those injured, Nicole Levy, 25, filed the lawsuit. Benza said school officials knew the event was oversold and failed to provide adequate supervision of the crowd, in part by abandoning security responsibility to Combs. “Their pounding and their cries for help did not dissuade Combs’ people from closing the door, precipitating the eventual deaths and injuries that occurred,” Benza wrote.