Diddy Settles Civil Suits Related to Club New York Shootings

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By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

In 1999, when Diddy was still known as “Puff Daddy” and dated J.Lo, Sean Combs was involved in an infamous shooting.  At the now defunct Club New York, Diddy, J.Lo and a large entourage had intended to celebrate the signing of the then-aspiring rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow. The night transformed from party to nightmare as a fight between this crew and clubgoer Matthew Allen resulted in three people being shot. The civil cases brought by these victims against Combs, Barrow and the former Times Square hot spot have finally come to a close, culminating in large monetary settlements for each victim. The New York Post reports:

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.

A rep for Diddy declined comment.

Reuben stated during the criminal trial that being shot by Shine, “felt like a flaming hot sledgehammer hit me in the face.” Shine has since served nine years for this heinous crime and been deported to his native Belize. Justice in the Club New York shooting incident has been a long time coming, but has finally been served.


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