After more than a decade of debate, the terms regarding Diddy’s infamous 1999 club shooting incident have been settled.
Diddy, rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, and the owner of the now nonexistent Club New York, Michael Bergos, quietly settled earlier this year with three clubgoers that were shot by Barrow, according to the New York Post.
All of the settling parties, except for Michael signed a confidentiality agreement, which has kept the exact details of the settlement a secret. However, Michael did share that the most seriously injured victim, Natania Rueben, was paid $1.8 million.
Michael also stated that two other victims were paid $500,000 and $50,000.
However, he was unaware of who paid each amount in the deal. Still, the former club owner did share another tidbit of information with the Post.
Apparently, Shyne’s and the club’s shares were paid by their insurance companies, while Diddy had to come out of pocket due to the fact that his insurance company is now defunct.
Diddy’s representatives declined to confirm or deny any of the claims made by Michael.
The incident that birthed all of this hoopla occurred December 27, 1999 after Diddy, then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, Shyne, and Diddy’s security went to Club New York to celebrate Shyne’s record deal. However, the happy moment turned sour once Shyne had a confrontation with another man in the nightclub.
Shyne pulled a gun and was later arrested for shooting two bystanders. He ended up serving nine years in prison and was deported to his native country of Belize upon release. P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, and Sean Combs were all acquitted of the charges pending against them.
— Shaniqua A. Thompson