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Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond Named as Informant in Court Documents

Lichtman doesn't deny his client's criminal past, but is certain the public will recognize this news as an obvious smear campaign. "Law enforcement has been targeting Rosemond for years, desperate to take him down," he told the NY Daily News. "Ray Charles could see Rosemond has not been a cooperator and was never considered one by the government."

 

Former street hustler turned Hip-Hop industry manager Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond has been labeled as a police informant following the release of several state and federal documents.

The information hit the net courtesy of the NY Daily News, who obtained documents detailing Rosemond’s cooperation with authorities on cases from 1996-2000.

In 1996, Rosemond was in custody for a gun charge. In exchange for leniency, he alerted police of a jail break plot of four other inmates. The following year, Rosemond gave police information on sn corrupt jail official to avoid a a harder sentence on a bail-jumping charge. The target in question had initially helped Rosemond post bail by changing details on his paperwork.

In 1998, Brooklyn federal prosecutors stated Rosemond gave information in a “historical criminal investigation” that resulted in a successful conviction. The documents go on to state that the verdict confirmed “the accuracy of his information.”

Under his “Henchmen” nickname, Jimmy Rosemond entered the Hip-Hop industry in the early 90s, managing such acts as Groove Theory. In 1994, the late Tupac Shakur implicated him in his Manhattan shooting outside the Quad Studios, where Rosemond had arranged for him to come to record a track with Little Shawn. Rosemond has denied any involvement in the shooting despite Shakur furthering his allegations on the posthumous Makaveli album.

Rosemond became embroiled in a feud with G Unit after former member Game, who he manages, was kicked out. Game launched a “Gunot” and “Stop Snitching” campaign in 2005 against his former camp. The diss tracks resulted in several physical altercations, including one where G Unit’s Tony Yayo allegedly cornered and slapped Rosemond’s 14-year-old son on a street corner.

In a statement released earlier today, Rosemond’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman blasted the NY Daily News for publishing a character assassination attempt under the guise of a legitimate news item. In addition, he alluded to the article being similar to the COINTELPRO tactics utilized by the United States government against African-American individuals and groups in the 1960s and 1970s.

“The article in today’s New York Daily News about Jimmy Rosemond is nothing short of a  targeted assassination attempt by the government, with an assist from their favorite daily newspaper,” Lichtman said in a prepared statement. “Due to the government’s inability to convict Jimmy in a court of law, they have stooped to trying to get him lynched in the street. We are weighing our legal options at this time but we can say in no uncertain terms: Jimmy is not and has never cooperated with law enforcement.  Any suggestion otherwise is a damnable, actionable lie.”

Lichtman doesn’t deny his client’s criminal past, but is certain the public will recognize this news as an obvious smear campaign.

“Law enforcement has been targeting Rosemond for years, desperate to take him down,” he told the NY Daily News. “Ray Charles could see Rosemond has not been a cooperator and was never considered one by the government.”

Jimmy Rosemond is the CEO of Czar Entertainment.

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How eerie that news like this would break on the 14th anniversary on Tupac’s death?

Even more surprising is that the NY Daily News would publish a story like this seemingly out of the blue. This is something we’ve come to expect from The Smoking Gun, who put both Rick Ross and Alfamega on blast for their respective past history as a corrections officer and an informant. But normally mainstream outlets shy away for random exposure pieces like this. Admittedly, with Hip-Hop being heavier on facades than actual music quality, the culture at least on the mainstream level is a very easy target for this type of journalism.

Rosemond is a background figure so I expect this to blow over. His court information is public record so if someone really had an issue with his past, this would have been brought up years ago. Unless those court records have information that sheds new light on either of Tupac’s shooting, expect this to be all but forgotten a week from now after a funny line or two from 50 Cent.

2 comments

  1. Unfortunately Cointelpro didn’t stop in the 1970s. I write about my own close encounter with Cointelpro-style covert harassment (during a campaign to create an African American Heritage Museum in Seattle) between 1987 and 2002 in my recent memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE (www.stuartbramhall.com). I currently live in exile in New Zealand.

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