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Victim of infamous NYC club shooting insists Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs shot her in the face decades ago, wants to test bullet fragments

A victim from the well-known incident at Club New York with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jennifer Lopez, and rapper Shyne Barrow is determined to demonstrate her accusation that the music tycoon shot her in the face and escaped unscathed.

Natania Reuben, one of the trio injured in the event from 1999, is eager to have the bullet remains removed from her face for forensic evidence. The reason being, she hopes to prompt a re-examination of the case, as she discussed with guest presenter Brian Entin on News Nation’s “Elizabeth Vargas Reports” last Friday.

“I’m willing to have a doctor remove a part of the nine-millimeter bullet in my face so that they can use it as evidence if need be for this trial, and it may cost me my life,” Reuben stressed the risks involved.

Victim of infamous NYC club shooting insists Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs shot her in the face decades ago, wants to test bullet fragments
Natania Reuben, currently 53 years old, is pictured here following the gunshot wound she received to her face during the notorious Club New York incident in December of 1999. Reuben has consistently maintained that it was Diddy who pulled the trigger – and managed to evade justice. (Michael Norcia/Shutterstock)

Barrow confessed in the courtroom to pulling the trigger that evening, however, Reuben has maintained his innocence for decades, claiming he unjustly bore the blame for Combs. She alleges she continues to carry nine bullet remnants lodged in her facial tissue from the incident, which occurred during the wee hours of Dec. 27, 1999 at the now-closed Club New York located near Times Square.

The gunfire erupted after a dispute between Diddy, who was then known as “Puffy,” and his entourage, and a Brooklyn drug dealer named Matthew “Scar” Allen.

Victim of infamous NYC club shooting insists Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs shot her in the face decades ago, wants to test bullet fragments
Reuben attested to observing Combs brandish the firearm. (Luiz Ribeiro/Shutterstock)

Barrow, at the age of 21 and a member of Diddy’s entourage, was captured by law enforcement as he fled the establishment brandishing a weapon.

Jennifer Lopez and P. Diddy were in a romantic relationship from 1999 to 2001. Following the incident at Club New York where shots were fired, both were taken into custody. Although Lopez was released without charges, Diddy stood trial and was later found not guilty.

Diddy and Lopez made a hasty exit from the establishment in a Lincoln Navigator, but authorities intercepted them on Eighth Avenue and placed them under arrest. Lopez spent 14 hours in custody before being let go, without facing any charges related to the incident.

Following a lengthy legal proceeding in 2001, Barrow received a 10-year prison sentence. Combs and his security, Anthony Jones, were found not guilty of weapon violations after the trial.

“I saw Mr. Combs … pull out a black gun with his right hand,” Reuben noted when she testified back then, and felt as if “a flaming hot sledgehammer had hit me in the face,” she added.

Reuben is the mother of three children who has remained confident and has been sticking to the same story.

“I literally watched them pull out the guns, I had a clear point of view. I mean, for God’s sake, I got shot in my nose. I was facing them directly. I watched everything occur and have described it, vehemently to all parties involved,” Reuben had said while she was on an earlier showing of “Elizabeth Vargas Reports” this past Thursday.

It doesn’t come as a surprise to her that some aren’t believing her story:

“I give very little credibility to what they’re saying because, while everyone else is Monday morning quarterbacking, I am the survivor,” Reuben urged. “I was physically there. Who better to tell you what happened than the person who got shot smack dab in between my eyes.”

Despite her brave efforts, Reuben says she fears the fate of an untimely death.

“I’m a healthy woman. I live a simple, quiet, risk-averse life. So, if I should meet with an untimely demise, it would require, be worthy of deep investigation. I understand the peril of what I’m exposing my life to,” Reuben concluded.

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