News: Prodigy Says Jimmy Henchman Had 2Pac Shot, "Pac Knew That Had Nothing To Do W/ Biggie" [Video]
Friday, Jul 6, 2012 12:10PM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy recently reacted to the hype and speculation on incarcerated music mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond getting connected to the near-fatal shooting of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
According to Capital P, he has known for years Henchman allegedly had Pac shot in 1994.
Prodigy, who also feuded with 'Pac and was on the front lines representing the East Coast during the feud, recently reacted to Rosemond's confession. "People that are in the know, that know a lot of street people in New York, they knew that already," P told XXL of Rosemond's confession. I had a connection with 'Pac. We had friends in common from Queens. They started tellin' me the story about how 'Pac knew that had nothin' to do with Biggie. He was just tryin' to create controversy to sell records. He knew how to create that controversy to make it bigger in the media and all that type of sh*t. Just seein' it all come to surface now, it's just like, 'Wow.'" (XXL Mag)
Last week, attorney Gerald Shargel lashed back at reports which claimed Rosemond confessed to having Pac shot.
On Wednesday, Gerald Shargel spoke to MTV News in an effort to clear his client's name. "The statement by the prosecutor that Jimmy Rosemond had confessed or admitted to being involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac is totally false," he said. "He categorically and emphatically denied that he had participation or role in that shooting and that was clear from the outset." Shargel, who says he was present during the proffer sessions, believes that the prosecution misspoke in the court room. "Her statement was positively and absolutely false whether intentional, or not intentional. I think not intentional," he said. "She was not the prosecutor who sat in on any of the proffer sessions with Mr. Rosemond." (MTV)
A day prior, Rosemond's publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez released a statement to address the accusation.
"This Chuck Philips character is the "Howard Cosell" to Jimmy Rosemond. This Philips guy is trying to rebuild his torn reputation as a discredited journalist. And let's be clear, obviously folks are going to print whatever none sense they see others print. The bottom line is, Jimmy has stated time and time again, he had nothing to do with the shooting at Quad studios and rapper Tupac Shakur," Fernandez wrote. "If anyone knows Jimmy they know he doesn't have a problem with telling folks that and if he did shoot 2Pac he damn sure wouldn't say he didn't do it and if he did, what would be the motive? Jimmy's had more more money than 2pac, he had a street cred that dudes would love to have and he had card blanche with any record label and exec in the business. Why would he shoot Tupac? Certainly not for jewelry, nor money, nor envy of a reputation. [sic]" (Statement)
In the Henchman-exposing Village Voice article, the jailed executive is accused of implicating himself in Pac's mid-1990's shooting.
Now, new evidence implicates Rosemond in the crime -- facts recently divulged by an unlikely eyewitness, never previously interviewed by police: Rosemond himself. Rosemond secretly admitted to involvement in Tupac's ambush during one of nine "Queen For A Day" proffer sessions with the government last autumn, court transcripts show. (In such sessions, suspects under investigation choose to enter an agreement with the government to confess knowledge of certain crimes with the agreement that the information won't be used to prosecute them.) His confession unfolded as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might lead to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors. (Village Voice)
Check out Prodigy's interview below: