It’s less money than the victims wanted, but Diddy settles club shooting stemming from 1999 in Manhattan. The hip-hop honcho has quietly settled all civil actions against him from the shooting at Club New York more than a decade ago. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long.
The hip-hop entrepreneur, his former protege Jamal “Shyne” Barrow and the now-defunct Times Square hot spot struck a deal earlier this year. The gun had gone off by Barrow in the notorious 1999 melee.
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The exact terms of the settlements were unknown because of confidentiality agreements between the parties, but former Club New York owner Michael Bergos, who did not sign the confidentiality deal, said the most seriously injured victim, Natania Reuben, was paid $1.8 million.
Reuben, 40, was shot in the nose and suffered seizures because of seven bullet fragments still lodged in her face.
Two other victims were paid $500,000 and $50,000. Bergos said he was unsure who paid what amount in the deal, but Barrow’s and the club’s shares were picked up by insurance companies, while Diddy — who was acquitted in the criminal case related to the brawl — had to pay out of pocket because his insurance company had gone belly up.
Reuben’s lawyer, Debra Reiser, also declined comment, saying, “My client wanted the confidentiality agreement because she didn’t want any further publicity. She’s been victimized enough.” Bergos said he refused to sign the confidentiality deal “because I did nothing wrong and I may need to talk about [the incident] sometime in the future.”
The shooting occurred Dec. 27, 1999, when Combs was still known as “Puff Daddy” and dating Jennifer Lopez. Bergos said Combs, Lopez, Barrow, Combs bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones and others went to the then-hot spot to celebrate signing Barrow to a record deal. The night turned ugly when Combs’ crew exchanged words with another clubgoer, Matthew “Scar” Allen.
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