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Appeals court rules in favor of Diddy

Lawsuit alleged that rapper’s entourage had attacked TV talk-show host
/ Source: The Associated Press

Diddy has won a legal rematch in Michigan.

An appeals court has unanimously ruled in Diddy’s favor in connection with a lawsuit that accused his entourage of assault.

TV talk-show host Roger Mills had sued the rapper, his label, a bodyguard and a Detroit radio station, alleging he was attacked after a 1999 interview with Diddy. Mills said Diddy abruptly ended the interview when asked to comment about allegations that he’d contributed to the shooting death of fellow rapper Notorious B.I.G.

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Mills said members of Diddy’s entourage roughed him up and stole the tape of the interview.

A jury ruled in Diddy’s favor, finding no assault and battery occurred. Mills appealed.

Today, the appellate court says a lower court judge was wrong not to let a jury hear evidence of a recorded telephone conversation between Diddy’s bodyguard and Mills. But it says the mistake was harmless.