Criminal History of Tupac Shakur

On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who he met in a New York nightclub and allegedly sodomized and sexually abused with three of his friends. In 1995, he was sentenced to prison for up to four and a half years but received an early release after a few months. In September 1996, the 25-year-old Shakur was shot four times in the chest and died from the wounds.

Previous Arrests

  • 1992: After a performance in Marin City, a confrontation occurred and Shakur pulled on his registered Colt Mustang gun, then allegedly dropped it. When a member of his entourage picked up the gun, a bullet discharged. The stray bullet killed 6-year-old Qa'id Walker-Teal. Shakur and his stepbrother Maurice Harding were arrested, but the charges were later dismissed. It was reported that Shakur agreed to pay a $300,000–$500,000 settlement to the parents.
  • April 5, 1993: Tupac spent 10 days in a Michigan prison for beating another rapper with a baseball bat.
  • October 31, 1993: Tupac allegedly stopped to help a black motorist who he felt was being harassed by the policemen. A fight broke out and Tupac shot one policeman in the leg and the other in the buttocks. When it was determined that the policemen were intoxicated and carrying guns taken from the police evidence room, the charges were dropped.
  • November 18, 1993: Shakur was arrested on the sexual abuse and sodomy charges and weapons charges in New York City. The sodomy and weapons charges were dropped. Shakur was sentenced to 1.5-4.5 years in prison, to which he served nine months (beginning February 14, 1995) at the Clinton Correctional Facility.
  • November 10, 1994: Tupac, slated to star in the movie Menace II, punched the director Allen Hughes. He spent 15 days in prison and was replaced in the movie by Larenz Tate.
  • November 30, 1994: Tupac Shakur was ambushed by three black men in the lobby of a recording studio in Times Square in New York City. The men robbed him of over $35,000 in cash and jewelry and shot him five times—hitting his head, groin, and hand.
  • April 5, 1996: Tupac was sentenced to 130 days in jail for violating the terms of his release on bail

The MGM Hotel

On September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match. Allegedly after the match, Shakur was involved in a fight in the lobby of the MGM Hotel.

After the match was over, Marion "Suge" Knight told Shakur that an alleged Crips gang member, Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson was in the hotel lobby. Anderson along with other gang members had been suspected of robbing an associate of the record company, Death Row, earlier in the year. Knight, Shakur and some of his entourage assaulted Anderson in the lobby.

Later that evening, Shakur was hit with four bullets from a drive-by attack while riding in a car driven by Suge Knight, Shakur died in the University of Nevada Hospital six days later.

Although there was a lot of speculation about the murder being stimulated by an ongoing rivalry between gangs associated with east and west coast rap recording companies, the murder was never officially solved.