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Wednesday November 18 11:52 AM ET Magazine Editor Beaten in Office

Magazine Editor Beaten in Office

By DONNA DE LA CRUZ Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The editor of a hip-hop music magazine was beaten in his office and identified one of the four attackers as a prominent rap producer, police said today.

Jesse Washington, editor in chief of Blaze magazine, was treated at a hospital and released after being bloodied in the attack Monday.

Washington told police four men barged into his Manhattan office, grabbed him and pummeled him. He suffered fractures to his face and cuts to his head.

He identified one of the attackers as Derek ``D-Dot'' Angellettie, a producer who works with music mogul Sean ``Puff Daddy'' Combs.

No charges were filed but police said Angellettie agreed to answer questions about the beating.

Angellettie denied he had anything to do with the attack, his lawyer, Ian Niles, told the New York Post.

The other attackers were not identified.

An officer investigating the attack, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Angellettie apparently was upset that Blaze was going to publish a photograph of the musician Mad Rapper. The musician's identity has been secret and no pictures have ever been published.

Washington could not be reached for comment today by The Associated Press. Messages were left at his home and office.

The attack was the second reported violent incident in four months involving Washington, a former assistant bureau chief in New York City for The Associated Press.

In August, he accused Wyclef Jean, the guitarist of the Fugees, of pointing a gun at him because of an unfavorable album review.

In an MTV appearance, Jean denied the gunplay, which was not reported to police.


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