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The Smoking Gun tears apart the L.A. Times report that claimed, among other things, that Diddy and Biggie knew that 2Pac would be attacked at Quad Studios in 1994.

TSG claims that the FBI documents that writer Chuck Phillips used in his story are the creation of James Sabatino; who, in October, sued Diddy for $19 million dollars. In the picture they paint of Sabatino, he's a liar who embellishes or flat out creates his association with celebrities and noteworthy events, out of his need to get attention.

Last week's bombshell Los Angeles Times report claiming that the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio was carried out by associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs and that the rap impresario knew of the plot beforehand was based largely on fabricated FBI reports, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The Times appears to have been hoaxed by an imprisoned con man and accomplished document forger, an audacious swindler who has created a fantasy world in which he managed hip-hop luminaries, conducted business with Combs, Shakur, Busta Rhymes, and The Notorious B.I.G., and even served as Combs's trusted emissary to Death Row Records boss Marion "Suge" Knight during the outset of hostilities in the bloody East Coast-West Coast rap feud.

TSG says that they have learned that the FBI has no record of the documents cited in Phillips' report and that there are similarities between these documents and documents that Sabatino has submitted in court. Namely, words that were incorrectly spelt, like "durring". They claim to have consulted with FBI agents who confirmed inconsistencies in the formatting of the documents.

The article also serves to illustrate Sabatino's checkered past. Read the full document for more.

In response to the report, the Times has launched a probe into the matter.

The Times said on Wednesday that Editor Russ Stanton "will launch an internal investigation into the authenticity of (the) documents."

A Times spokeswoman said the paper was "taking this very seriously."

Finally, MTV has comment from a Diddy spokesperson:

"Sean Combs is pleased that the Los Angeles Times is conducting its internal investigation. He has said all along that their story was a lie."