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Tuesday, 6 February, 2001, 09:41 GMT
Puff Daddy 'held gun' says second witness
Sean Combs
Sean Combs: Charged with possession of a weapon
A second witness in the gun charges trial of US rap star Sean Combs, alias Puffy Daddy, says she saw him holding a pistol just before she was wounded.

Natania Reuben told the Manhattan courtroom she saw Mr Combs and co-defendant Jamal Barrow pull out guns, but was not sure who actually hit her.

Mr Combs is charged with possession of a weapon following a 1999 nightclub shooting at a New York nightclub, in which three people were injured.

On Friday, Tarnisha Smith told the court she saw him hold a gun as he fled the nightclub.

Mr Combs is also charged with trying to bribe his driver to take the blame for the incident and could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

Jamal Barrow
Jamal Barrow: Charged with attempted murder and gun possession
Co-defendant Jamal Barrow, 21, faces charges of attempted murder and gun possession, while bodyguard Anthony Jones, 34, is accused of having the loaded gun by his feet.

Ms Reuben said she first saw Mr Barrow, who is charged with attempted murder, pull out a gun.

"I heard 'bam, bam' and saw the bright flash from the muzzle of both guns," she said.

When pressed by Mr Combs' lawyer, Ben Brafman, about whether she was shot by the star's gun, she said: "I saw two guns out. I actually saw the gun in the air. But I don't know whose gun I was shot by."

The shooting allegedly happened after a man insulted Mr Combs and threw money in his face.

During the trial last week, a bodyguard giving evidence said on Wednesday he had never seen the rap star with a weapon.

Jennifer Lopez and Sean Combs
Jennifer Lopez has stood loyally by
Prosecution witness Leonard Curtis Howard, a former prison officer, said he would never have associated himself with Mr Combs if the defendant had carried a firearm.

Prosecutors allege the Grammy-winning rapper carried a gun into the nightclub and fired a shot on the night of his arrest.

Mr Combs is not accused of shooting anyone, but he was arrested after he fled the club with his girlfriend, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, who has not been charged.

The court was told last week that Mr Combs "fired a shot" into the ceiling of Manhattan's Club New York.

Injured want settlement

Mr Combs' defence team have said the prosecution was picking on their client because of his fame.

Mr Brafman is best known for defending leading mafia figures. The defence team also includes Johnnie Cochran, who represented OJ Simpson.

Court officials say they expect the trial to run for between five and six weeks.

The three people injured in the shooting are each seeking a $100m (67.8m) settlement.

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