Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers –
More than a decade after Sean “Diddy” Combs' legal woes surfaced after a shooting at a New York nightclub, the hip-hop mogul has settled all civil actions filed against him.
The New York Post recently reported that Diddy, his former artist Jamal "Shyne" Barrow and the now-defunct nightclub struck a deal with the three club-goers who were harmed in the bar fight in 1999, according to court records.
While many of the parties were required to stay silent on the settlement due to a confidentiality agreement, the nightclub's former owner Michael Bergos wasn't bound by the deal and revealed specific details.
Bergos explained to the Post that Natania Reuben, the most seriously injured shooting victim, received $1.8 million. Reuben, 40, was shot in the nose and suffered seizures following the incident due to several bullet fragments still stuck in her face. According to Reuters, she filed a $130 million lawsuit for compensation back in 2008.
The two other victims received $500,000 and $50,000. He added that he was unsure about who was paid what amount in the deal because his portion and Barrow's were taken care of by their insurance companies. Combs, on the other hand, was forced to cover his share of the settlement out of pocket because his insurance company has since closed.
Barrow fired the shots that evening after Combs' group got involved in an argument with another club attendee. While charges against Combs and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were dropped, Barrow was convicted on two counts of assault, gun possession and reckless endangerment. The rapper then served nine years out of a 10-year sentence and was released in 2009. The rapper was then deported back to his native Belize following his release.
In 2004, Barrow, who had always claimed innocence in the shooting, told MTV News that he was acting in self-defense.
"I'm a regular guy, man”, Barrow told MTV News. "I'm not tougher than nobody. I'm no better than nobody. I know real killers. I know people that really snatch bodies. I'm not that. I just did what I had to do. Somebody pulled out a .40 caliber and I had to pull mine out or I was gonna die."
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