'Diddy' Sued Over B.I.G. Music Rights
October 8, 2007 at 6:25 AM (PT)
A former associate of SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS has filed a lawsuit from prison against the hip-hop mogul, claiming COMBS owes him more than $19 million for music by the late rapper NOTORIOUS B.I.G., reports YAHOO! FINANCE. JAMES SABATINO, a former consultant for COMBS' BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT INC., said he flew B.I.G. to MIAMI in 1994 to perform a show and record some music. The rapper, whose real name was CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, recorded about 17 minutes of vocals, and the session was also captured on about 90 minutes of video footage.
It was understood that both belonged to SABATINO because he paid for the rapper's travel expenses and studio time, although a contract was never signed, according to the lawsuit. COMBS' attorney did not immediately comment SATURDAY night. SABATINO is still in prison, and a listing for his attorney could not be found.