Shyne Says Diddy Convo Never Happened

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By: Vibe / October 9, 2009

While Diddy says he’s spoken to Shyne recently and they’re cool, the former Bad Boy rapper says the talk was “a figment of Sean Combs’ imagination.”

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Shyne–who remains incarcerated as officials investigate his immigration status–said Diddy never called or visited him.

The Bad Boy Records head told New York radio listeners that he and the incarcerated rapper had a conversation via phone just weeks ago, seemingly putting their differences in the past.

“It’s a blessing that [Shyne’s] coming home,” Diddy said. “I spoke to him like a couple of weeks ago and he sounded like he was in good spirits. I know he can’t wait to get home. I know he is definitely going to heat the whole scene up. He was definitely one of talented young artists that I had the pleasure to work with. I’m quite sure he’s been using his time wisely and has some heat.”

But Shyne says the call never happened.

“I want it known that this supposed conversation is a figment of Sean Combs’ imagination,” the rapper stated. “He never spoke with me, he never visited me nor would I ever accept a phone call or visit from him. The only way I would do either of those things would be if he stepped up and did the right thing for the victims of the incident.”

The victim Shyne is referring to is Natania Reuben, who suffered a gunshot to the face in the club shooting that sent the rapper to prison. A $130 million civil lawsuit was filed by Reuben against Combs and Shyne, and is still pending.

Shyne has maintained that he only fired the gun inside Club New York in 1999 in self-defense. “I never meant to hurt nobody,” Shyne said at his 2001 sentencing. “I was afraid for my life.”