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Witnesses Lying, Combs' Lawyer Says

March 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The lawyer defending Sean "Puffy" Combs portrayed witnesses who testified against the rap mogul as liars hoping to profit from lawsuits they've filed against him.

"Bad people came into this courtroom and made bad accusations because they wanted to get rich," said attorney Benjamin Brafman, alluding to the billion dollars in lawsuits filed against Combs as a result of the shooting at Club New York on Dec. 27, 1999.

Brafman noted that of the 50 witnesses who testified, only two said they saw a gun in Combs' hand in the club. Both have sued Combs.

Combs, 31, and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, are charged with gun possession and bribery for allegedly trying to pay Combs' driver, Wardell Fenderson, to take the gun rap for Combs.

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