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1/26/2004 5:54:03 AM
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Jury selection was to begin Monday in a court case against rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, whose former chauffeur contends Combs and a bodyguard forced him to speed away from the scene of a 1999 nightclub shooting.
Wardel Fenderson, 45, "was afraid that if he stopped (the car), he was going to be hurt by somebody in the car, and if he didn't, he was going to be hurt by the police," his attorney, Lawrence Bernstein, told the Daily News for Monday editions.
Fenderson is suing Combs for $3 million and has also filed claims against Combs' company, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Combs' bodyguard, Anthony Jones, who died in a shooting in Atlanta in November.
Combs and former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez (news), who was present at the Dec. 27, 1999 shooting inside Club New York, have been subpoenaed to testify.
A spokeswoman for Combs said the suit was an attempt to cash in on Combs' celebrity, the News reported.
Combs was acquitted in March 2001 of gun possession and bribery charges stemming from the shooting, in which three people were injured. Rapper Jamaal "Shyne" Barrow was convicted of assault, reckless endangerment and weapons charges in the case.
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