Key players in the ‘Puffy’ Combs trial
Sean Combs
Sean “Puffy” Combs
Jamaal “Shyne” Barrow
Jennifer Lopez
Wardel Fenderson
Matthew Bogdanos
Benjamin Brafman
Johnnie Cochran
Sean Combs, aka “Puffy” or “Puff Daddy,” a 31-year-old best-selling rapper and top producer with his own record label and clothing line, was found not guilty of weapons and bribery charges stemming from a fracas in a Manhattan nightclub Dec. 27, 1999. While not accused of shooting anyone, Combs faced 15 years in jail if convicted of illegal gun possesion and bribery for allegedly trying to get his driver, Wardel Fenderson, to claim ownership of the weapon when police found it in Combs’ chauffeured Lincoln Navigator. His bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones faced similar charges. Combs maintained his innocence on all charges, taking the witness stand in his own defense. During his testimony, Combs said: “I thought I was being shot at. My hands were up. I started to go over