The Los Angeles Times has retracted a story implicating Sean “Diddy” Combs in a 1994 shooting of the late Tupac Shakur. The paper admitted in their April 7 apology that the story’s Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Chuck Philips, used phony FBI documents in his sources.
"An Attack on Tupac Shakur Launched a Hip-Hop War” ran on the Los Angeles Times’ website on March 17. It alleged that Combs' associates orchestrated Shakur’s shooting after the rapper declined an invitation to join Combs' record label, Bad Boy Records.
On March 26, Thesmokinggun.com revealed that documents used to support the story were allegedly faked by James Sabatino, a former consultant for Bad Boy Records who is currently serving time on charges of wire fraud and racketeering.
Combs, who denies involvement in the shooting, told MTV News last week that the story "just really hurt."