Exclusive: Jimmy Rosemond's "Snitch" Case Evolves, Inmate Letters Leak
Friday, Oct 22, 2010 12:00PM
The lawsuit from hip-hop manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond against ex-Los Angeles Times writer Chuck Phillips and the New York Daily News continues as SOHH has obtained conspiring e-mails written by the accused writer.
In one of the electronic exchanges dated August 2nd 2010, Phillips informed an inmate that he had been working non-stop to expose Rosemond as a snitch.
"But probably the most important reason I need to hear from you is that I have been working behind the scenes with somebody for more than a month to get out the story we discussed -- and it looks like it is likely to hit the streets in about 2 weeks. I have not stopped trying since the day we met, despite the number of times I have been rejected. I got close a couple of times. But this reporter appears to be the real deal. Her name is Alison Gendar. She is a staff reporter at the New York Daily News. She has paid attention and approached the story with an aggressive patience like a good reporter should." (SOHH)
Phillips also tried to persuade the inmate to slam Rosemond for last month's published Daily News article.
"Another reason I need you to respond ASAP is because I believe this is the moment for you to nail your old pal with a powerful succinct quote. I am a veteran reporter and I swear to you that your voice will make the story ten times stronger for the readers, for them to hear one of his victims, a former good friend, speak out about who this guy really is and how he betrayed you and others. About what a hypocrite the rat is. All you need to say is like 2 sentences summing up your feelings, what you've told me. This is your moment." (SOHH)
Last week, SOHH received an affidavit stating an inmate believed Phillips was conspiring against Rosemond.
"[I swear that] the main focus of Chuck Phillips investigation was about Jimmy Rosemond and his involvement with the Tupac shooting in 1994. I told Chuck to contact James Sabatino because I didn't want to get involve at the time, and knew it would be more believable if information was coming from James Sabatino than me. Sabatino did not know Jimmy Rosemond at all and I told Sabatino everything I knew about Jimmy Rosemond so he could relay it to Chuck Phillips. At the same time I along with Sabatino created fake documents involving Jimmy Rosemond in the Tupac shooting. At the same time we gave him documents that implied Jimmy Rosemond was an informant. We also filed documents to the courts in Jimmy Rosemond and Puffy name. Chuck Phillips really wanted to tie Jimmy Rosemond, Tut and Puff to the shooting, so James Sabatino put himself in the studio when the shooting happen. After everything happened with Smoking Gun and they found out that the documents were fake, I and James Sabatino was transferred from Allenwood USP. Chuck Phillips contacted me again in Canaan USP and he asked if the other documents he had were tampered with. I told him I didn't know what he was talking about. I wasn't sure if he was trying to set me up with the authorities. After building back Chuck Phillips confidence again he made it very clear to me that he was working on something big on Jimmy Rosemond and if I was willing to help expose Jimmy Rosemond as a snitch." (SOHH)
In September, the Daily News reported Rosemond cooperated with authorities in the past.
One of Rosemond's former lawyers even cited his repeated cooperation with the authorities in asking for leniency in a Los Angeles gun case. He noted that Rosemond's dime-dropping helped Brooklyn prosecutors send a man to jail - exactly what the "stop snitching" campaign rails against. Investigators say it's hypocrisy: Rosemond dishes when it suits him, yet makes a fortune off artists like Game (real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor), who titled a 2005 album "Stop Snitchin/Stop Lyin." This is what the court records show: 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. (New York Daily News)
Check out a past Jimmy Rosemond interview below: