A day after reports surfaced claiming Diddy quietly paid nearly $1 million to victims of his now-infamous 1999 New York City club shooting, ex-Bad Boy artist Shyne suggests the incident helped fuel actress Jennifer Lopez‘s Hollywood career.
In Shyne’s perspective, the notoriety which surrounded the December 1999 club shooting sprouted Diddy’s ex-lover’s acting roles.
“I wasn’t thugging and bugging that night, you dig,” Shyne said in an interview. “I was actually the best behaved because I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. You dig? But I’m from the streets so when it’s time for my hammer to go off, it goes off. Somebody was getting ready to pop ol’ boy’s head off. It might not have been no Jennifer Lopez movies or none of that if I didn’t pull my ratchet and squeeze off.” (WGIV)
Yesterday, reports emerged online regarding a lump sum of money paid out to a few of the ’99 victims.
Sean “Diddy” Combs paid $850,000 out of his own pocket to settle claims by victims of a notorious 1999 shooting at Club New York, court papers revealed yesterday. Combs had been partying at the now-shuttered club with then-gal pal Jennifer Lopez and protege Jamal “Shyne” Barrow when a dispute with fellow clubgoers led Barrow to open fire. Three innocent bystanders were shot — and sued Combs, Barrow and the club. Combs was acquitted of gun charges in the incident. Barrow was convicted of shooting two of the victims. (New York Post)
Back in 2010, Shyne recounted how the shooting all went down.
“I can tell you I was defending myself and the muthaf*ckas that was with me,” Shyne explains. “Listen, I live my life for what’s right. When I grew up, death and harsh consequences and spending the rest of your life in the pen is a matter of fact. It’s not somethin’ that you read about in the newspaper…In my life, when I make decisions to roll, I roll. And I don’t give a f*ck what the consequences are. If I’ma defend myself, I’ma defend myself. If somebody tryna kill or hurt one of my partnas or my comrades that’s with me, there is no, ‘Yo… or D*mn, well, if I pull this sh*t out, this is what’s gonna happen.’ No! I don’t wanna die. I don’t wanna be laid up in no f*ckin’ hospital with a tube runnin’ through me, hurtin’ and sufferin’. Pain is real. So you know what? I’m not doin’ that. You gon’ do that, muthaf*cka. You gon’ roll and say hi to Satan, not me. And that’s that. After the fact, you deal with it. Your survival instincts tell you to protect and preserve, and you deal with whatever later.” (XXL Magazine)
The publicized incident took place in late December 1999 at the height of the rapper’s popularity.
The fracas broke out on December 27, 1999, at a Manhattan nightclub where Shyne, Sean “Diddy” Combs with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and their entourage had been partying. Around 3 a.m., Combs and Shyne allegedly began arguing with another group of patrons. Someone threw money at Combs, a gesture of disrespect, and guns started going off. Three bystanders were shot. Shyne, who police found with a pistol in his waistband, was arrested after bystanders identified him as one of the shooters. Shyne received a 10-year prison. Barrow has always claimed he acted in self-defense and only fired his gun after the other group, Matthew “Scar” Allen and his crew began shooting. (About)
Check out Shyne’s interview below: