On January 4, 2000, Combs went before the grand jury investigating the nightclub shooting. He was indicted on weapons charges and later for bribery after driver, Wardel Fenderson said Lopez and Jones offered him $50,000 and a diamond ring if he agreed to say he owned the gun found in the car.
On March 16, 2001, Combs, represented by attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., was acquitted of the weapons possession and bribery charges. The jury also acquitted Combs' bodyguard Anthony Jones of all charges.
Soon after the trial, Combs' changed his moniker from "Puffy" to "P. Diddy", claiming the trial had changed him. "I've changed, I've matured," Combs' told Time. "This whole thing has made me deeper. It's not what it was about before ... I want to sit down and think about it and try and understand it on an intellectual level."
On April 15, 1999, Combs was accused of assaulting Steve Stoute of Interscope Records. Stoute was the manager for Nas, whose video for "Hate Me Now" featured Combs being crucified. Though Combs had willingly filmed the video scene earlier that year, he demanded that the images be removed.
Stoute's refusal led to an argument and Combs' arrest for aggravated assault. This was followed by a yet more negative publicity as The Lox left Bad Boy Records, and a recording session with Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease (both of B.I.G.'s Junior M.A.F.I.A.) posse was interrupted by gunfire.