The Death Row Records boss has appealed for clemency as his nemesis' trial nears its end...

MARION ‘SUGE’ KNIGHT has claimed prison could “destroy” former nemesis SEAN ‘PUFFY’ COMBS, who is currently on gun and bribery charges in the US.

Knight himself is in prison in America, serving a nine-year sentence for probation violation. The Death Row Records boss and Bad Boy head Combs have been rivals for several years.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Knight was fingered by the Los Angeles Police Department as a suspect in the murder of Combs’ friend and Bad Boy rapper Notorious BIG – even though he was behind bars at the time.

Now, according to MTV news, Knight has said that given the chance he would ask the jury to “look at the consequences” of sending Combs to prison, if found guilty of the charges currently facing him.

He said: “Prison’s not the place for Puffy. I think if I had a chance and I could talk to the jury, I’d say, ‘Look, before you send this guy to prison, look at the consequences. Prison could destroy this guy…’

“He could do a lot more good not being in prison than being in prison. One thing about prison, everybody can’t do this time. I thank God that he made me a man who, if I’m incarcerated, I’m still gonna be the same person I am.

“For Puffy, I think it will be all bad for him. For one, he’s a small guy – by him being a small guy, there’s probably gonna be guys trying to prey on him.”

He added that if found guilty, a “ridiculous fine” may be more appropriate.

Combs’ ongoing trial at Manhattan Supreme Court is likely to finish next week, when defence and prosecution councils begin their summing-up. If found guilty he is facing up to 15 years in prison.