Sean Combs has spoken in favour of fallen rapper Shyne - insisting the star "deserves to come back" to the U.S. after he was deported to Belize following a stint in prison.
Shyne, real name Jamal Barrow, was sent back to his native country last month (Oct09), after serving eight years of a 10-year jail sentence for his part in a 1999 shooting.
He was convicted of first degree assault and reckless endangerment in 2001 in relation to the incident, which left a woman with serious facial injuries.
Combs and his then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were caught up in the aftermath at the club where the incident took place, and the hip-hop mogul claimed to have kept in touch with Barrow during his prison sentence.
But Barrow denied having any contact with Combs while he was in jail, and insisted he would never speak to the star unless he "did the right thing" for the victims of his shooting case.
The hip-hop mogul has now spoken out about Barrow's deportation - insisting he should be allowed to return to America to continue his music career.
Speaking on New York's Hot 97 radio station, Combs says, "I've never had any problem with Shyne. I've never had any problem with him, I was looking forward to him coming home and just getting out here and letting people see what I saw. I think (his career) was cut down too early, people never got a chance to see what I saw.
"I never wish bad on anybody, I only wish somebody the best and I hope he gets to come back to the United States, he did his time, he deserves to come back."