'Puffy' Trial Update
A New York State Supreme Court justice ruled on Monday that the trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs on gun possession and bribery charges will begin either later this year or early next year. The decision of Judge Charles Solomon was made after lawyers for the rap entrepreneur and his two co-defendants spelled out the men’s professional commitments for the remainder of the year, reports the Associated Press. Judge Solomon ordered a Sept. 13 court update on the status of Combs’s calendar. On Dec. 27 of last year, Combs, 30, was arrested along with his bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, 34 and Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, 19, a Combs music protege who allegedly shot three people at a Times Square nightclub. The gun possession charge stems from the weapon found inside the Lincoln Navigator in which Combs rode away with his girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. (The bribery charge stems from Combs’s allegedly offering $50,000 to the vehicle’s driver if he would claim the gun was his.) The singer-actress is expected to be called as a witness in the trial, whenever it might take place.