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P. DIDDY WANTS ME SH T DEADY!; Rap rival wins jail warning.

Byline: NEIL McLEOD

WORLD-famous rap star P. Diddy has been warned by a British judge that he could be thrown in prison over death threats made to a rival, The People can reveal.

Terrified music boss John Bentley claims that the tycoon sent thugs armed with a gun to threaten him in a dispute over a hot new singer.

Bentley also says he received an e-mail warning he would be killed.

Diddy, 32 - once called Puff Daddy, and really named Sean Combs - has now been issued with an injunction by the High Court in London warning him not to harass Bentley.And the star has been told he could be thrown in prison or be stripped of his millions if he breaks the order.

Bentley, of Peckham, south-east London, told The People: "I am scared for my life. People don't realise how violent the record business can be.

"Even though the injunction has been granted I am still scared." The clash began after Bentley signed 16-year-old singer Alexis McGill to his up-coming Calidelphia Record Label.

Alexis then defected to Diddy's Bad Boy Records label in New York.

Bentley claims two of Diddy's men waved a gun in his face in a bid to get the copyright to Alexis's songs.

A spokesman for Diddy denied the claim, saying: "Mr Combs does not know John Bentley or Alexis McGill."

This is not Diddy's first brush with the law. He was arrested three years ago after a club shooting but was cleared. And in 1996 he was arrested for a savage attack on a record executive.

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THREATENED: Bentley (inset) fears a hit by world rap star P. Diddy (above)
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Date:Nov 24, 2002
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