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Tuesday, 6 March, 2001, 10:21 GMT
Puffy 'rival' will not testify
Sean 'Puffy' Combs arriving at Manhattan Supreme Court
Sean 'Puffy' Combs is facing up to 15 years in jail
The man who Sean 'Puffy' Combs argued with in a nightclub just before shots were fired in a New York nightclub will not take the witness stand in the rap star's trial.

Witnesses said Matthew 'Scar' Allen shouted "I'll kill you!" at Combs and threw a wad of money at him seconds before the shooting started.

But Mr Allen gave his version of events in a police statement, which said he was jostled and pushed by Combs' entourage and that money was thrown - although he did not say he threw it or that he threatened the singer.

Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony Jones, are charged with two counts of gun possession. Musician Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is charged with attempted murder.

Sean 'Puffy' Combs and Jennifer Lopez
Combs and singer Jennifer Lopez split during the trial
Three people were injured at the New York club in the early hours of 27 December 1999.

The court also heard that Mr Barrow did not fire the first shots in the confrontation.

Witness Tabon Terrence Jones, 34, a photographer from Philadelphia, told jurors that the gunman "had braids in his hair". Mr Barrow, 21, has closely cropped hair.

Mr Jones said he was walking to a bar in the centre of the club when he heard some "loud, angry noises going on".

"I turned and looked. A man put his arm in the air and shot a pistol".

Jamal Barrow
Jamal Barrow: Charged with attempted murder and gun possession
The witness said he fell to the floor and heard another few shots, but could not tell if they were from the same gun. Another witness has said he heard two guns fired and police have found shell casings from two guns.

'Angry and upset'

Jones also testified that he had seen the man he believes was the gunman "angry and upset" with two other men in the bathroom.

Barrow's lawyer, Ian Niles, said Jones believed the two men were planning to rob Mr Combs.

Combs and Jones are charged with two counts of gun possession and Barrow is charged with attempted murder.

Combs also is accused of offering his driver a $50,000 (34,000) bribe to say the gun was his.

All three men deny the charges. If convicted, Combs could face up to 15 years in prison.

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