The officer insists Lopez dashed from the car that carried her boyfriend Sean 'Puffy' Combs from the incident at Club New York...
JENNIFER LOPEZ attempted to flee from the car that had carried her, boyfriend SEAN ‘PUFFY’ COMBS, bodyguard ANTHONY ‘WOLF’ JONES and driver WARDEL FENDERSON away from a NEW YORK nightclub shooting, according to a police officer who arrived on the scene.
Arresting officer Sergeant Jack Konstandinidis, who stopped the car after a chase in the early hours of December 27, told Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (February 8) that Lopez immediately got out of the vehicle.
“I said, ‘Jennifer, come over here,'” said Konstandinidis. “She said, ‘I’m going home.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not.’ “
In a fairly dry day of testimony, Konstandinidis also disclosed that on the way to the police station, Puffy asked why Lopez had been arrested. The officer explained that since no one had taken responsibility for the gun found in the car, all four people had to be arrested.
“Deal,” Combs is said to have responded, “When we get back to the precinct, I’m gonna let you know whose gun it was.”
Combs, alongside Jones, is facing weapons charges related to a shooting in CLUB NEW YORK on December 27, 1999. Both are also charged with attempting to bribe Fenderson into admitting ownership of a 9mm Smith & Weston found under the passenger seat of the car. Combs’ defence team went to great lengths to make sure the conversation with Konstandindis could be admitted as testimony. They claim it also proves the conversation he was witnessed having with Fenderson shortly before their arrests was in fact an attempt to establish ownership of the weapon, not a bribe.
However, seasoned court watchers believe that despite the spoiling tactics of his legal team, Combs may have been severely damaged by the testimony on Monday (February 6) of Natania Reuben. Reuben was shot in the face at Club New York, and testified she saw the rapper with a gun.
Harriet Ryan, from Court TV said the testimony was “very damaging”.
“There was sympathy because she was seriously injured in the shooting,” explained Ryan. “She took a bullet in the face and suffers from seizures to this day because of it. And unlike the previous witness, a young nursing student named Tarnisha Smith who just totally fell apart on the witness stand, who said Combs had a gun, Reuben stuck by her story. Combs has pretty much the best defence possible – lawyers Ben Brafman and Johnnie Cochran – and they could not shake her. She was smart, well-spoken and she seemed to anticipate where the defence was going with a question and head it off. “
She went on, “The defence did draw attention to the fact she’s filed a $150 million suit against Combs, et al, but as the prosecutor pointed out, she was seriously injured and it’s her right to sue. I think the jury was really moved by the horrific experience she went through and I don’t think the defence did itself any favours by beating up on her… and it just looked, at least from where I was sitting, like they were grasping.”
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It puts a new spin on the trial, given that doubts have already been raised as to whether Shyne, facing three attempted murder raps, actually fired the gun that struck the three.
Testimony from prosecution witnesses continues today (February 9).