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- December 12, 1994
- Vol. 42
- No. 24
The Rap Stops Here
While Awaiting a Verdict in His Sexual Assault Trial, Rapper Tupac Shakur Is Shot in New York City
The incident is just the latest tempest in Shakur's stormy life. In March 1993, the rapper and sometime actor (who starred opposite Janet Jackson in last year's Poetic Justice) was arrested for assaulting Menace II Society director Allen Hughes after an argument in L.A. He served 15 days in jail for the attack, then seven months later was arrested again, accused of shooting two off-duty policemen in Atlanta during a traffic dispute. The charges were later dropped. One month later, Shakur, who lives in Decatur, Ga., was charged with sodomizing a 20-year-old woman in his Manhattan hotel room. A jury began deliberating their verdict on that charge only the day before Shakur was shot.
Despite his wounds, Shakur left the hospital within 18 hours, against medical advice. "Tupac talks a very tough game," says a source who was at the recording studio during the shooting. "I think that inspires people to confront him with the same kind of violence—sort of like, 'Let's see how tough you really are.' When you act that tough and have been involved in so many violent situations, it's bound to catch up with you."
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