P Diddy denies thug life

MIAMI - A former associate of Sean "P Diddy" Coombs filed a motion to prohibit the hip-hop mogul from circulating FBI interrogation records in which an informant appears to link the associate to the shooting of the late Tupac Shakur.

MIAMI - A former associate of Sean "P Diddy" Coombs filed a motion to prohibit the hip-hop mogul from circulating FBI interrogation records in which an informant appears to link the associate to the shooting of the late Tupac Shakur.

James Sabatino, once a consultant for Coombs' Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., claims his former colleague is distributing the FBI reports as part of a smear campaign. Sabatino, 31, is imprisoned in Pennsylvania on fraud charges and sued Coombs last month, claiming he is owed R126million for music by the late Notorious B.I.G., another former client.

The motion, filed in federal court on Wednesday, includes the very papers Sabatino is seeking to keep secret - part of an investigation into a shooting that fueled the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that culminated in the still-unsolved deaths of B.I.G. and Shakur, two of the biggest rappers of all time and still revered by fans.

Attorneys for Sabatino and Coombs did not immediately return after-hours phone calls on Wednesday seeking comment. Renee Morrison, a spokesman for Sabatino's Florida-based company, Sound Storm Entertainment, said Sabatino has always maintained his innocence.

"He had nothing to do with either of the shootings - Tupac Shakur or Christopher Wallace, who he considered a dear friend," Morrison said.

Wallace is the real name of Notorious B.I.G.

Shakur was shot several times on November 30 1994, outside a New York recording studio. He survived but was killed two years later in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

In an FBI interview conducted more than six years after Shakur's death, an unidentified source who was acquainted with both the rapper and Sabatino claimed he was present at Quad Studios, the place the shooting took place on the night of the 1994 incident.

The informant told investigators Sabatino appeared unconcerned when shots were heard and yelled "Get that piece of [expletive] out of here!" when a bloodied Shakur appeared. - Sapa-AP

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