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L.A. Times apologizes for Shakur story

March 27, 2008 |  6:21 am

Conclusions drawn in a story about a 1994 attack on the late rapper Tupac Shakur were partially based on documents that appear to have been fabricated, The Times says. James Rainey has the full story:

Reporter Chuck Philips and his supervisor, Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, issued statements of apology Wednesday afternoon. The statements came after The Times took withering criticism for the Shakur article, which appeared on latimes.com last week and two days later in the paper's Calendar section.

The criticism came first from The Smoking Gun website, which said the newspaper had been the victim of a hoax, and then from subjects of the story, who said they had been defamed.

Lots of reader reaction on a comments site.

More on the story at E&P, WashPost, AllHipHop.com.

-- Veronique de Turenne