PUFF DADDY: “INNOCENT” IN THE UK!

The hiphop megastar says he didn't do it as he appears in Birmingham...

Puff Daddy, aka rap superstar SEAN COMBS, made a big show of his innocence at the Birmingham NEC last night, the second date on his first European tour as Puff Daddy And The Family.

The Bad Boy Entertainment boss was last month charged with bribing a witness and possessing loaded firearms in connection with a shooting incident in a New York club last December. If found guilty the rapper could face a 25-year prison sentence.

The rapper stood defiantly under a huge video monitor, which filled the back of the stage. On it, American newsreel footage showed one of his lawyers making a statement outside the New York court at which Combs was indicted. The lawyer said: “Suggesting he might take flight (prosecutors had suggested in court that he be detained/or that maximum bail be set) is ridiculous. He is a superstar and recognised everywhere he goes. Furthermore, my client expects to be exonerated of all charges.”

Then, not without a little irony, Puff thundered into a rousing version of ‘PE 2000’, with its gangsta-boasting “public enemy number one” chorus.

Support for the show came from The Honeyz and ‘Family’ members, rapper Mario Skeeter Winans, male trio 112, new Bad Boy signing Carl Thomas and feisty rapper Little Ceasar, all guested with Puff.

The climax of the show came with the ‘Godzilla’-theme ‘Come With Me’ during which Puff waved a giant Union Jack while dry ice and pyrotechnics fizzed around him. This was followed by ‘I’ll Be Missing You’, which he dedicated to rap war victims Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur, among others.

The tour kicked off in Dublin on March 14 and takes in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands before a final date at Wembley Arena, London on April 7.