Anyone who saw Sway’s radio interview with film director Allen Hughes has to be scratching their head, especially if you followed the career of Tupac Shakur and read the books on his career or saw any of the documentaries on his life. More than 15 years after Tupac’s death, Hughes, who directed Menace II Society along with his twin brother and directed Pac’s early videos (“Trapped” and “If My Homie Calls”) wants you to believe that the infamous story of him being knocked out by Tupac is false. Hughes went on to tell Sway that when he walked into the Sirius XM studio he somehow felt that now was the right time to reveal the truth about Tupac.
While Hughes tried to honor Tupac as being an intellectual, a friend, and an emcee who dumbed down his lyrics in order to reach the masses with future complex rhymes, Hughes had to address their infamous fight in 1994. We were all under the impression that Tupac beat up Hughes and his brother for removing him from the cast of “Menace II Society” for being a difficult cast member who couldn’t follow the rules set by New Line Cinema. He even went on to describe that even though Jada Pinkett loved Tupac his “erratic” behavior on the set forced Pinkett not to like his behavior. It has been stated that the reason for Shakur’s anger was that he didn’t want to play the conscious, Muslim character Sharif but preferred to be the lead character in the film.
Hughes went on to state that the fight between him and Shakur wasn’t a fight at all. Tupac allegedly tapped him on the back of the head and it had little effect on Hughes. Hughes then picked Tupac off the ground and slammed him on a car. Then 12 gang members assisted in beating Hughes up. This would all sound true that Pac, who Hughes described as a shooter not a fighter, was somehow a punk who couldn’t fight his own fight. There’s only one problem. For a fight that didn’t involve Tupac, the Hughes brothers took Tupac to court in 1994 and not the 12 gang members who he said “ratpacked” him and beat him to a bloody pulp.. A jury found Tupac guilty of assault and battery and he was sentenced to 15 days in jail. Sway didn’t ask many follow-up questions which allowed Hughes to ramble about how he was a victim of Tupac’s crew. When telling his story, here’s what Hughes said about the court proceedings that are on record: “It did go to trial and all of that but I won’t get into that.”
Listen to Tupac’s response to the altercation with the Hughes brothers on his appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1994.