*During a debriefing session with federal investigators, James Rosemond a/k/a Jimmy Henchman, was allegedly questioned about the sexual preferences of entertainers.
One of the questions – according to The Smoking Gun – was whether Sean “Diddy” Combs was “having sexual relationships with under age boys,” according to a U.S. District Court filing. The meeting included Rosemond, his lawyers, federal prosecutors, and Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service agents.
The meetings were for federal investigators to question Rosemond about his criminal activities and decide whether he should get a cooperation agreement in advance of his narcotics trafficking trial. But investigators decided not to cut a deal with Rosemond. Rosemond, aka Jimmy Henchman, was convicted at trial of running a drug ring that sold millions of dollar’s worth of cocaine.
He faces a mandatory term of life in prison when sentenced October 25 in Brooklyn federal court.
When questioned on October 4 about his connections with public figures, including Combs, Rev. Al Sharpton, and musician Wyclef Jean.
Van Driessche recalled that Rosemond was also asked about Combs since, “We had information through other witnesses that the defendant may have made an admission to Sean Combs.” The nature of this purported admission was not the subject of further testimony. Van Driessche added that Rosemond described having business dealings years earlier with Combs, and that they had a “cordial relationship.”
Read/learn more at The Smoking Gun.
*Now that James Rosemond is in trouble and facing an ungodly amount of time behind bars, he’s admitting that he had some involvement in Tupac’s death.
Evidence reported in the Village Voice is pointing the blame at James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond for causing the death of both Tupac and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace.
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According to the publication, the former Hip Hop mogul admitted to organizing the 1994 shooting of Tupac in a New York City recording studio. The shooting left the rapper fighting for his life and sparked a new level of violence in the East v. West Coast rap war. Henchman reportedly made the comments in proffer sessions during a massive drug case last fall, in an attempt to get less jail time.
(At proffer sessions, suspects are afforded the opportunity to confess crimes with the understanding that they won’t be charged with those crimes.)
Tupac also named Henchman as a guilty party in his shooting. In a verse on “Against All Odds,” he says, “Jimmy Henchman … / [You] set me up, wet me up … stuck me up / But you never shut me up.”
But here’s the bottom line: no one will ever be charged for the 1994 shooting. The crime was classified as a robbery, and the statute of limitations on prosecuting it has passed.
Read/learn more at Village Voice.
James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond
*James Rosemond, also known as “Jimmy Henchman,” has reportedly admitted his involvement in a 1994 assault on Tupac Shakur that left the rapper shot, robbed and nearly dead at New York’s Quad Recording Studios, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
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According to Village Voice writer Chuck Philips, Rosemond made the admission during proffer sessions last fall where his confession would not be used against him during an unaffiliated drug trafficking case involving millions of dollars of cocaine — an operation Rosemond was convicted of running in June.
Tupac accused Rosemond of responsibility for the crime in the song “Against All Odds,” recorded before his 1996 murder in Las Vegas. Per the Voice, court documents include a mention of the “defendant’s own admission about that particular shooting,” referring to the 1994 incident, though not containing the interview itself.
Philips has long investigated the murders of Shakur and fellow MC the Notorious B.I.G., and saw a 2008 expose on the matter retracted by the Los Angeles Times after certain FBI reports cited in the piece were revealed to be fakes.
In 2011, Dexter Isaac cited Rosemond as the ring-leader of the 1994 shooting, telling AllHipHop.com in a statement, “James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac at the Quad Studio.”
Despite Rosemond’s reported admission, no one will be tried in the crime because its New York statue of limitations expired over a decade ago. However, Rosemond faces life in jail over his recent drug case; he was also indicted on a murder-for-hire charge on Friday. Isaac is serving a life sentence for an unrelated robbery and killing.
*Somebody is going to jail for a very long time.
The now ex-executive music producer, James ‘Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, was found guilty of 13 charges for allegedly heading the Rosemond Organization – a bi-coastal drug ring.
According to reports, the music mogul appeared numb when the jury read the verdict, while his family and friends showed signs of disappointment.
“I am very disappointed by the verdict,” Rosemond’s lawyer Gerald Shargel told AllHipHop.com. “There were a lot of reasons to doubt the government’s case.”
Also, another major music executive, Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke is getting locked up for allegedly participating in a drug ring.
Burke, co founder of Roc-A-Fella, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy to distribute marijuana – 100 kilos. Along with his long sentence, he’s got to pay $600,000 fee to give up to the court.
He pleaded guilty of all charges which may get him the privilege of being paroled after two years.
Kareem Biggs Burke
*Hip hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he ran a cocaine trafficking ring between Los Angeles and New York.
The CEO of New York-based Czar Entertainment was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn, reports the Associated Press.
Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says his client is being framed. Prosecutors say the evidence includes secret recordings, e-mails and shipping records.
Rosemond was arrested last month and charged with running a criminal enterprise that shipped cocaine in music equipment cases, money laundering and obstruction.
Shortly before that, an Internet report attributed to a prisoner alleged Rosemond orchestrated a 1994 ambush that wounded Tupac Shakur outside a Manhattan recording studio. Rosemond denies any involvement and the criminal complaint against him makes no mention of that case.