Pwn3d: Los Angeles Times Accused of Basing Story on Forged Documents — With Bonus Chuck Philips Connection
The Smoking Gun reports:
Last week’s bombshell Los Angeles Times report claiming that the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio was carried out by associates of Sean “Diddy” Combs and that the rap impresario knew of the plot beforehand was based largely on fabricated FBI reports, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The Times appears to have been hoaxed by an imprisoned con man and accomplished document forger, an audacious swindler who has created a fantasy world in which he managed hip-hop luminaries, conducted business with Combs, Shakur, Busta Rhymes, and The Notorious B.I.G., and even served as Combs’s trusted emissary to Death Row Records boss Marion “Suge” Knight during the outset of hostilities in the bloody East Coast-West Coast rap feud.
A Suge Knight connection. Interesting, given that the apparently snookered reporter in question is Chuck Philips.
Read it all. The Smoking Gun makes a very convincing case. One of the more amusing pieces of evidence: numerous words were misspelled the same way in both the allegedly forged FBI reports provided by the inmate, and the inmate’s court filings.
This is very, very big. We’ll be hearing much more about this, you can count on that.
Thanks to about a bajillion readers for the tip. Pat Riotic was first.