Natania Reuben Speaks Out: Claims of Threats and Harrowing Experience Following 1999 Nightclub Shooting Involving Diddy

Natania Reuben, a survivor of the 1999 nightclub shooting involving Sean “Diddy” Combs and rapper Shyne, has recently come forward with explosive claims. In a recent interview, Reuben detailed her experience of surviving a gunshot wound to the face and the subsequent threats that forced her to leave Brooklyn.

Reuben’s ordeal began during a chaotic night in a New York nightclub in 1999. According to Natania Reuben, the altercation started when a Brooklyn drug dealer, Matthew “Scar” Allen, clashed with Diddy and his entourage. The situation escalated, leading to Diddy and Shyne allegedly pulling guns and firing into the crowd. While Shyne was convicted for the shooting, Diddy and his now-deceased bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, were acquitted of weapons charges.

In the aftermath, Diddy settled a civil lawsuit by paying Natania Reuben an estimated $1.8 million, while the other two victims received $500,000 and $50,000. Despite this settlement, Reuben has consistently maintained that Diddy was the one who shot her. She recounted that she had to flee Brooklyn because there was a “bag” on her head, meaning a contract to kill her.

“I’m a Brooklyn girl; I was born and raised in Brooklyn,” Reuben told The Art of Dialogue in her recent interview. “When the District Attorney’s office gets information from one of their confidential informant sources saying that there’s a bag on my head…I had businesses; I was a business owner. Why would I pick up and just leave everything I knew but for the fact that my life depended on it?”

Reuben explained that relocating was essential for her safety. She also mentioned that Scar faced similar threats and was eventually killed in front of a Brooklyn nightclub in December 2011. According to a 2001 ABC News report, both Scar and Diddy believed the other had placed bounties on their heads.

In a court hearing, Diddy’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, claimed that his client had received a phone call detailing a plot against his life. Similarly, prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos stated that a former employee of Diddy’s wanted to bribe Scar with a $250,000 payment but planned to kill him when he went to collect the money. Scar ultimately refused to testify due to fear of retaliation.

Scar’s murder, however, was reportedly unrelated to Diddy. Sources confirmed to TheRecentTimes that Scar was killed by a rival drug dealer, Roger “Luchie” Key. Key was sentenced to life plus 30 years for his drug dealing and murderous activities.

Natania Reuben emphasized the ongoing impact of the shooting and her frustration over the lack of accountability for Diddy. “Had anybody listened to me 24 years ago and understood my clear and concise statements that said this man shot me in my face, perhaps Cassie would have never had to endure and all those other people that died under alleged suspicious causes at his hand would not have had to endure,” she stated.

Diddy is currently facing multiple lawsuits related to sexual assault and other allegations. On July 3, 2024, another lawsuit was filed against him by a woman claiming he sexually trafficked her at his parties. His empire has suffered significant blows from these lawsuits and a damaging 2016 video of him assaulting Cassie, released by CNN in May 2024. Despite the gravity of these accusations, Diddy has not yet been charged with a crime, though a grand jury is reportedly investigating his actions.

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