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Prosecution Slams Puffy

Assistant DA asks judge to hold Combs in contempt for statement

February 28, 2001 12:00 AM ET

A statement issued jointly by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez was cited by assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos as a violation of the gag order placed on Combs' weapons possession trial by New York Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon today.

In the statement, issued Tuesday, Combs allegedly professed his innocence and claimed that his defense team would not call Lopez to the witness stand in his defense. On Wednesday, Bogdanos asked Solomon to hold Combs in contempt of court and to sentence him to thirty days in jail for breaking the gag order, which prohibited both prosecution and defense from talking to the press about the case. Combs' attorney Benjamin Brafman countered that the statement fell within the gag order's restrictions, which allow him to maintain his innocence. Solomon is reviewing Bogdanos' request and reiterated his demand that neither side address the press.

The trial continues Thursday. Combs defense has been presenting its case along with co-defendants Anthony Jones and Jamal "Shyne" Barrow for the past week. On Thursday, Combs may finally take the stand in his own defense.

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