LAT Tupac Shooting Story Maybe Based on False Evidence

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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HE DIDDYN'T Diddy (Photo: Getty Images) Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs was behind the 1994 shooting of Tupac that catalyzed the bi-coastal rap war which culminated in both the killing of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Maybe not: The Smoking Gun today is now reporting that the Times' story was based largely on falsified FBI reports.

According to TSG, the fabricated documents were the handiwork of an imprisoned 31-year-old con man named James Sabatino. Four months ago, Sabatino filed a $16 million civil suit against Combs over a decade-old business deal gone sour. The TSG now says that the two FBI documents the LAT used to implicate Puffy are "nowhere to be found in the bureau's computerized Automated Case Support database," and contain many of the spelling errors ("makeing," "durring") and improper abbreviations found in the motion Sabatino himself filed.

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