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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 10:53 GMT
'Witness tampering' at Puffy trial
Sean 'Puffy' Combs arriving at Manhattan Supreme Court
Sean Combs faces up to 15 years in jail, if convicted
The defence team of rap star Sean "Puffy" Combs has been accused by the prosecution of tampering with witnesses.

Calls were made between Sean "Puffy" Combs or his associates and witnesses at his gun and bribery trial, according to phone records.

Jamal Barrow
Jamal Barrow: Charged with attempted murder and gun possession
Three witnesses had denied speaking to Mr Combs after the incident in the club in December 1999, in which three people were injured.

Club New York security guard Charise Myers said she had not spoken to Mr Combs after the incident, but records show a three-minute call from her home to Mr Combs' mobile phone on 8 January last year.

In the final day of testimony at the trial before closing statements on Monday, the prosecution produced phone records of three witnesses who testified they did not see the rap star with a gun during the shooting.

Bribe

Mr Combs is charged with possession of a weapon and with trying to bribe his driver to take the blame.

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.

The records also show five calls last January from a mobile phone owned by Christopher Chambers, a car mechanic who testified that he did not know Mr Combs.

According to the prosecution, the rap star apparently called him once that month.

Twenty-two calls were made from witness Glen Beck's home to Mr Combs' bodyguard, Paul Offord.

Tampering

Saima Majid, a legal researcher for the district attorney who analysed the records, said she found no calls between Mr Beck and Mr Offord in the preceding year.

Miss Majid admitted during cross-examination by Mr Combs' lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, that she could not tell who made or answered a telephone call.

Mr Combs and Mr Jones face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, while Mr Barrow faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the three counts of attempted murder.

All three men deny the charges.

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