*If you’re a manager of some of the top rappers in the game, being accused of being a government snitch is not a good look. Not at all.
That’s the situation James “Jimmy Henchmen” Rosemond finds himself in because of a story published Monday by the New York Daily News.
On Monday, his lawyer was vehemently denying the paper’s claims in a statement accusing the Daily News of colluding with the government in the “targeted assassination” of his client.
According the paper, Henchmen, who was once accused of orchestrating Tupac’s infamous shooting at Quad Studios, told on fellow inmates and served as an informant on at least three cases during the mid-90’s, in exchange for leniency in his own sentencing.
Below are some specifics to the alleged snitching instances as shown in court docs, as reported by the Daily News:
– While Rosemond was held on a drug and gun case in North Carolina in 1996, four inmates plotted a jailbreak and asked him to join. He alerted authorities and spent several days in solitary to avoid retribution, his lawyer at the time wrote in court papers obtained by The News from federal archives.
– In 1997, facing bail-jumping charges in New York, Rosemond gave information about crooked jail officials who altered paperwork to let him post bail.
He made “several monitored phone calls to one of the correction officers,”but the target was suspicious and “reluctant to speak with Mr. Rosemond,” court papers said.
– A year later, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn contacted Rosemond, seeking his cooperation in what documents describe only as a “historical criminal investigation.”
Rosemond was “debriefed at length by federal agents and prosecutors.” The defendant was convicted at trial, “confirming the accuracy of his information provided by Mr. Rosemond to the government,” his then-lawyer noted.
– Before he was sentenced in the L.A. gun case in 2000, Rosemond’s then-lawyer argued for leniency because of his “assistance.” The judge gave him 19 months, citing only the prosecutors’ delay in bringing the case.
Meanwhile, Henchmen’s lawyer has been quick to deny the allegations.
“The article in today’s New York Daily News about Jimmy Rosemond is nothing short of a targeted assassination attempt by the government, with an assist from their favorite daily newspaper,” Henchmen’s lawyer said. “Due to the government’s inability to convict Jimmy in a court of law, they have stooped to trying to get him lynched in the street. We are weighing our legal options at this time but we can say in no uncertain terms: Jimmy is not and has never cooperated with law enforcement. Any suggestion otherwise is a damnable, actionable lie.”
Henchmen currently manages The Game, Gucci Mane, and several top hip-hop artists.