Lawyers for James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond have issued a statement vehemently denying his involvement in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur.
Recent reports have circulated since an article was published in The Village Voice on June 14th.
The article, written by Henchman’s nemesis Chuck Philips, claimed that Rosemond admitted shooting the rap star at Quad Studios, during one of nine meetings with the government.
According to a statement by James Rosemond’s defense attorney Gerald Shargel, Rosemond has never admitted to being involved in the shooting and vehemently denies the charges levied against him.
“During a 2011 interview Jimmy Rosemond was asked by prosecutors whether he participated in the robbery/shooting of Tupac Shakur. He categorically denied any participation,” a rep for Gerald Shargel told Associated Press in a statement.
“He has never admitted to involvement in that event,” read the statement, which said Shargel and an associate were at the interview.
“There never was an admission to the assault,” the rep said.
James Rosemond’s publicist questioned the accuracy of Chuck Philips’ reporting in The Village Voice.
“Jimmy Rosemond had absolutely nothing to do with it. All of this stems from the Village Voice-Chuck Philips article but where are the copies of his ‘so-called’ confession?” Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez told AP.
“There are none because its false information and why are we paying attention to a reporter who is trying to rebuild his career off of the Jimmy’s name? Philips has sent me and Jimmy hate mail. He [Philips] obviously has a vendetta against Jimmy since he [Chuck Philips] was let go, fired or whatever from L.A. Times.
“Folks need to stop promoting Hip-Hop violence and lets enjoy music and the business of music,” Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez said.
“Chuck Philips should focus on becoming a credible journalist and stop trying to get famous due to sensationalizing lies,” Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez continued.
“Whatever happened to fact checking and not hearsay as journalists? If readers were street smart, they’d see through this BS but hey, maybe folks are missing common sense. I know we’re done addressing this issue unless another issue arises.”