Incarcerated music mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond‘s lawyer has now stepped up to silence allegations claiming his client confessed to the 1994 shooting of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
According to attorney Gerald Shargel, Rosemond never confessed to having any role in the near-fatal slaying of Pac.
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)
Yesterday, Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez released a statement addressing 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, Rosemond is accused of having implicated himself in Pac’s 1994 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)
Last year, another attorney addressed incarcerated felon Dexter Isaac claiming Rosemond hired him to shoot the late hip-hop artist.
“It’s a flat out lie,” Rosemond’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told the Daily News. “Dexter Isaac is not claiming this 17 years later to clear his conscience. He’s doing it because he’s told anybody who will listen he doesn’t want to die in prison. He has kids and wants to work off his sentence. He can’t be trusted.” (New York Daily News)
Check out Chuck Phillips speaking on Jimmy Henchman below: