Sean 'Diddy' Combs: A Look Back at His Legal Troubles
The rapper and record producer's rise to success was shadowed with legal troubles along the way.
The murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls) left the world speechless. Nearly twenty years later, a former LAPD investigator believes the person behind the fatal events is rapper and record producer Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
According to a new documentary, erstwhile detective Greg Kading claims that Combs hired Crips gang member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis to kill Shakur and his manager at the time – Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight – for $1 million.
Nearly six months later, Kading alleges Knight, who was not injured in the drive-by shooting that claimed Tupac, retaliated by hiring Bloods gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse to kill Wallace for $13,000.
These latest allegations are yet another instance where the Grammy-winning artist who’s waded through multiple run-ins with the law finds his past once again coming under public scrutiny.
Raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Combs worked hard for his success. However, the 46-year-old has found himself in some legal trouble along the way, with charges being filed against the mogul following some high-profile, highly violent incidents.
Combs also found himself caught in the middle of the ultimate East Coast-West Coast hip hop war.
Despite his legal troubles, Combs has also become known for his philanthropy, including his generous donations to several charities.
In fact, in 2003, Combs ran the New York City Marathon, raising $2 million for New York public schools, children suffering from HIV and AIDS, and his own charity to promote social programs.
Back in 1997, Combs was charged with assault after brutally beating Interscope Records executive and Nas manager Steve Stoute. The attack was reportedly spurred by a dispute over a music video’s release.
At the time of the attack, prosecutors allege Combs was with two companions, and that all three beat Stout, striking him with a telephone and a champagne bottle.
“They were on me so fast,” Stoute previously told police. “I barely had time to cover my head.”
After posting $15,000 bail, Combs was facing up to seven years in prison. However, the entrepreneur was instead sentenced to attend a one-day anger management class.
A year later, Combs found himself in yet another legal battle.
In November 1998, Combs and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and of stolen property in connection with a shooting that occurred at Club NY, a Times Square-area venue.
The charges against Lopez were dropped and Combs was eventually found not guilty.
A month after his acquittal on weapons possession charges, Combs was arrested for driving with a suspended license after Miami Beach police pulled his care over. He was released 20 minutes later after signing an agreement to appear in court.
In 2007, Combs was served with a multi-million dollar lawsuit after he allegedly ordered his bodyguards to physically remove a hip-hop promoter at a New York City nightclub; the man allegedly suffered several injuries as a result.