Jimmy Henchman’s lawyers say he ‘never admitted’ involvement in Tupac shooting | Music News

Representatives for James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond are denying that the jailed rap mogul ever admitted involvement in the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur.

Citing court transcripts in a story published in the Village Voice on June 12, journalist Chuck Philips claimed that Rosemond had confessed during a plea negotiation last autumn to setting Shakur up to be robbed at New York’s Quad Studios. He quoted the prosecutor in Rosemond’s now-finished drug trafficking trial as saying that Rosemond “actually admitted to this 1994 shooting.”

In a statement to AllHipHop, Rosemond’s defense attorney David Shargel refutes Philips’ claims, saying that, during the autumn meeting, Rosemond “categorically denied any participation” in the shooting.

“He has never admitted to involvement in that event,” the statement reads. “There never was an admission to the assault.”

Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez says that Philips made the accusation because he has an axe to grind against her client.

“Why are we paying attention to a reporter who is trying to rebuild his career off of Jimmy’s name? Philips has sent me and Jimmy hate mail,” she told AllHipHop. “He obviously has a vendetta against Jimmy since he was let go, fired or whatever from the L.A. Times.”

Philips was let go from the Times in 2008 after a story he’d written that implicated Rosemond as the mastermind behind the Quad Studios attack was discovered to be based on fabricated documents.

“Chuck Philips should focus on becoming a credible journalist and stop trying to get famous due to sensationalizing lies,” Stowe de Fernandez said. She also points out that Philips’ Voice story contained no copies of the alleged confession.

In a screed he wrote for the Voice describing his termination, Philips says that, following the publication of his Times story, Rosemond and his representatives launched a campaign to discredit him which included a “coordinated personal attack” against him, “menacing calls” to his superiors at the paper and the online circulation of lies about him. He also suggests that Rosemond and his associates set him up in the document issue that eventually lead to his termination.

“…[I]t was probably a set-up. Someone had gone so far as to illegally file fake documents in a federal court,” Philips wrote. “I still have no proof that [federal inmate Jimmy] Sabatino [who told Philips that FBI documents referencing the Quad shooting existed] made the phony documents, but if he did, it appears now that he did not act alone. Last year, an old friend of Henchman’s signed an affidavit (which Henchman circulated to the media) saying he had helped Sabatino fabricate the documents and file them in court.”

With no way to determine which side of the Jimmy Henchman/Chuck Philips feud is telling the truth about the 1994 shooting, it seems the near-fatal incident still hangs under a cloud of mystery.

Rosemond’s people say that they will no longer discuss it.

“I know we’re done addressing this issue unless another issue arises,” Stowe de Fernandez said.