Sean "P. Diddy" Combs appeared in a Detroit courtroom Wednesday (February 18) to testify that he did not instruct his handlers to rough up a radio and cable-television host during a 1999 interview.
Roger Mills says he interviewed P. Diddy during the rap mogul's promotional tour for the album Forever and that he was roughed up by Diddy's bodyguards after asking whether Combs contributed to the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. Mills claims he suffered injuries and damaged equipment from the altercation, and his suit seeks an undisclosed amount as compensation (see "Television Host Suing Puffy Over Alleged 1999 Attack").
Diddy, appearing in Detroit's Third Circuit Court, denied the charges and said he didn't recall much about the interview. "I knew it was something just about, as far as if I had any role or any feeling about [B.I.G.'s] murder," Combs said when asked what he remembered of the interview. Combs' attorney asked what happened next, and he responded, "I just remember ending the interview."
"This is an example of another nuisance suit seeking to take advantage of Mr. Combs' celebrity status," the rapper's spokespeople said in a statement released Wednesday. "In fact, this individual admits that Mr. Combs was nowhere in sight at the time of the alleged altercation. Mr. Combs will continue to fight these baseless lawsuits and has not only been successful in the past, but has been awarded costs."