James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond Implicated Himself in 1994 Tupac Shakur Attack: Court Testimony

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For nearly two decades, drug lord James Rosemond, a/k/a "Jimmy Henchman," denied accusations of his involvement in the near-fatal 1994 ambush of rap star Tupac Shakur at New York's Quad Recording Studios that marked a pivotal moment in American pop history.

The attack on Tupac triggered a bicoastal rampage that played out in songs and videos generating billions of dollars for global music corporations and left a trail of body bags from Manhattan to Beverly Hills, culminating in the murders of both Tupac and his nemesis, the Notorious B.I.G.

Before he was assassinated, Tupac recorded a song called "Against All Odds," in which he blamed Rosemond for orchestrating the assault at the Quad:

"Jimmy Henchman. . .
[You] set me up, wet me up... stuck me up.
But you never shut me up."

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.

During the opening arguments of Rosemond's trial, his lawyer denied that the defendant had anything to do with Tupac's ambush and berated a March 17, 2008 Los Angeles Times article that blamed him for the assault, blasting the article as "utterly false."

But within moments, prosecutors complained to the judge about the veracity of the defense counsel's accusations.

"If [Rosemond's attorney] is going to argue that this was a fabricated article, it's the government's position that we can put in the defendant's own admission about that particular shooting," the prosecutor said. "In saying it is not true, when in fact it is true, the government should be able to rebut that argument that he's making, [and introduce] that the defendant actually admitted to this 1994 shooting."

The revelation surfaced May 14 during a sidebar in the same Brooklyn federal court where Rosemond was later convicted of operating a multimillion-dollar crack ring that moved thousands of kilos of drugs and dirty cash between Los Angeles and New York. Twelve jurors took only two days to issue a unanimous verdict, convicting him of all 13 counts with which he was charged.

Prosecutors proved that couriers working for Rosemond delivered massive volumes of drugs, cash and machine guns in music crates to recording studios and record labels owned by or affiliated with Vivendi's Universal Music Group, the largest music corporation in the world.

Rosemond apparently came clean about his involvement in Tupac's ambush shortly after his former best friend, Dexter Isaac, stepped forward last summer to publicly confess that he had led the attack on Shakur in 1994. Isaac released a statement on June 16, 2011 to allhiphop.com, saying it was Rosemond who had paid him to rob and pistol-whip Tupac:

"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Reed. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."

Rosemond, who already faces life in jail for his drug conviction, will never be charged for his role in the 1994 ambush on Shakur, which was classified by NYPD as a robbery. Nobody will. In New York, the statute of limitations on robbery is seven years, which means the time to prosecute anyone for the Quad case expired 11 years ago. No one will ever go to jail for attacking Tupac: Not Jimmy. Not Dexter, nor any of his other henchmen.

Nevertheless, rap's longest running crime mystery has finally been solved -- and pretty much the way my March 2008 LA Times article reported it.

My piece, titled "An Attack on Tupac Shakur Launched a Hip-Hop War," was based on exclusive interviews with the men who robbed and beat Shakur, who had never before spoken to a reporter, and with other New York gangsters familiar with the attack -- all of whom verified Tupac's account of who had set him up. The report was accompanied by FBI-302s -- investigative reports I had obtained from a case file in a Florida court months after finishing my reporting, official documentation that supported some of what my interviewed sources had told me earlier.

Eight days after my story was published, the FBI-302s were identified as fakes by thesmokinggun.com. Immediately after the 302s were exposed as fakes, Rosemond accused me of fabricating the documents to defame him. I did nothing of the sort -- and he knew it.

Nevertheless, I accepted responsibility for being duped by the fake 302s and apologized for my error in a front-page follow-up the morning after thesmokinggun.com piece broke. The only thing I apologized for was including the fake documents. I never said what I wrote was wrong. It was true. The sources on which I based by story were accurate. Of this I was certain back then.

I still am. (See my previous story for the Voice about Tupac, Rosemond, and the LA Times.)

Last month in court, Rosemond's attorney told the jury that my story was "proven untrue" and that the LA Times had "retracted the piece in a very prominent way." He boasted that the newspaper had been forced to pay "Rosemond $250,000 for damaging his reputation." The attorney also went on to say that the LA Times "fired Chuck Philips for writing a story with reckless regard of the truth."

The Times purged my article from its online archive on April 7, 2008 -- immediately after issuing a caustic retraction attacking it, me, and my reporting. In an ironic twist, the controversial piece was resurrected last month as evidence in U.S.A. v. James Rosemond: Exhibit No. 1 in Motion 100 of Case No. 1:11-CR-00424JG. (Anyone curious can read it in the federal court file).

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harmonmindy
harmonmindy

Okay, First I know this is old & I'm probably gonna get tons of responses calling me an idiot & saying "This has been discredited!!!" To avoid those comments and all those annoying comments from those who love to state the obvious I will go ahead & say I have no knowledge of the law whatsoever, especially New York's legal system, so therefore I understand how naive this may sound to some. Regardless, All that being said my question is this.. This document states Tupac's 94 shooting was ruled "Robbery", for which there is a 7-Year statue of limitation. If you rob someone at gunpoint, shoot them 5 times, & leave them for dead; Wouldn't that be considered "Attempted Murder" or at the very least "Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon" or something? And if that is indeed the case, aren't both of these crimes without statue of limitations? Just curious.

chudawgjnkz
chudawgjnkz

All that the Smoking Gun Argues is that the prosecutor who was representing James Rosemond was confused and denies being at the "Queen for a Day" proffer. So, first Mr. Shargel states he was there, then after Ms. Dayananda suggest they use Mr. Rosemond's statement, Mr. Shargel states it was a mistake, he was confused, he actually was not there, therefore, he is inelligable to state if Mr. Rosemond made such confessions. That was the "smoking gun." That his layer is unable make statement to criminalize his defendant. Chuck Phillips investigation and reports are hardly centered on the 302's either. They were merely added to give his article more substance and supposedly Mr. Rosemond's lawyer was given copies to contest the validity three weeks before the article was published.

Makaveli
Makaveli

Jimmy, if i'll ever see you in Europe.

I will cut your balls off and force feed them to you, you punk ass motherfucker.

hustla
hustla

why did jimmy had to attack pac??? anyone.. i ve read many articles but noyhin clearly states the purpose!... so anyone??

AC
AC

Thanks for another great article. It's good to know there's still someplace to look for investigative reporting not just news cut and paste.

Afrohouse100
Afrohouse100

So did puffy have any direct involvement in any of the shootings of Tupac?

Ppwbless
Ppwbless

i don't know why he waste the life of the best rapper of all time with the real drop of everyday tangs. i miss you PAC. Rest in peace while REVENGE will definitely take place after my confirmation!. Endorsed by loyal fan from Arizona..  ain't fuckin send your judgement.  TUPacalipse  always alert 24/7..

Ppwbless
Ppwbless

 If this is truly fact, i think another gun shots* will flow........ "In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Reed. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery." 

Scotty Reid
Scotty Reid

I would like to know who were receiving these drugs shipped to properties owned by Universal Music Group. How come no employees or executives are being investigated for connection to the drug ring? We know Wachovia/Wells Fargo laundered billions in drug money and only got fined and no one went to jail. Could these music corporations that promote so much music that glamorizes violence, drugs and other vices be involved in drug dealing as well? 

Hancock Walter
Hancock Walter

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Kolione
Kolione

Add note:: Has any one ever compared album sales of those mentioned during the Pac-Era? And jimmie was a joke..a nobody before and after the quad shootings before pac died! Truestory$

PACSINCE91
PACSINCE91

Chuck Philips stands correct! And Pac was telling the truth the whole time. Period. Jimmie Henchman was an informant who when his time of pleasing the feds or hmm.. should i say the m.i.b was deceased, then he was shown the darkside of the darkside he joined forces with to kill Pac.. he always thought he was ahead of the game but he was their pawn.. and any1 defending him mustve been babies during the Pac Era.. They couldnt take the punishment Pac delivered lyrically and in record selling.. therefore jayz,henchman, Diddy etc.. tried to off Pac and failed..that time.

King Rosalyn
King Rosalyn

I find this still upsetting, so many lives changed because of it, Music changed. It really bothers me that now they acknowledge it. I was a teen at the time of this Pac was real he told it all in his Music he cried out for help and they pretended not to hear... R.M.K ,

Ctamosa
Ctamosa

You're talking about the wrong shooting there dickhead. This story is about Henchman admitting to shooting Tupac in '94, not about the fatal shooting in Las Vegas.

Jordy
Jordy

Just to be clear he was shot in 94 at a studio but this wasn't when he was killed he died in september 1996 he got shot in las vegas

Kevin
Kevin

Classifing cases sucks.

David Smethie
David Smethie

It's a shame that a reporter loses his job for reporting what happened. It's very touchy situation when a story as damaging as that one was and the evidence to back it up is hard to find. That is why its important to have all the ducks in a row. If not people are going to have the right to sue even if the underlying facts of the case prove to be true with no evidence its all allegations and innuendos.

URaFgenius
URaFgenius

Charles Alan "Chuck" Philips (b. October 15 1952)[1] is a writer and investigative journalist. Philips won the 1999 Pulitzer prize[2] with his colleague, Michael Hiltzik, for a series examining corruption in the entertainment industry. In 1996, he won the George Polk Award for articles about black art and culture in America[1] . A year later, he won a National Assn. of Black Journalists Award for in-depth coverage of the rap music business[3]. Earlier in Philips career, in 1990, he broke the story which revealed that Milli Vanilli, grammy winning-artists, did not sing in their performances or on records but were lip-synching.[4]

URaFgenius
URaFgenius

Charles Alan "Chuck" Philips (b. October 15 1952)[1] is a writer and investigative journalist. Philips won the 1999 Pulitzer prize[2] with his colleague, Michael Hiltzik, for a series examining corruption in the entertainment industry. In 1996, he won the George Polk Award for articles about black art and culture in America[1] . A year later, he won a National Assn. of Black Journalists Award for in-depth coverage of the rap music business[3]. Earlier in Philips career, in 1990, he broke the story which revealed that Milli Vanilli, grammy winning-artists, did not sing in their performances or on records but were lip-synching.[4]

URaFgenius
URaFgenius

Well, well.  Jimmy Henchman gets his due.But when does the L.A. Times go to the slammer for its crimes? They suppressed the truth tracked down by Chuck Philips about Tupac.  Fired Philips, then rewarded Henchman with a few hundred thousand dirty dollars.  All on the same day. Journalistic malpractice by the L.A. Times?  Guilty.Unfair employment practices?  Guilty.Contributing to the cover up of a murder?  Guilty.Betrayal of the principle of a free press--on which our democracy stands?  Guilty.The NYT stakes claim to "all the news that's fit to print."L.A Times, here's a slogan for you:  "UNFIT TO PRINT THE NEWS!"

Lifong
Lifong

Chuck Philips already explained what his motivation is.He interviewed Tupac in 1992 for Rolling Stone,and was promised an exclusive interview from Tupac's departure from jail..This seems to be his only connection to the Hip Hop Culture.I bet he'll get some "Great White Hope" book or movie deal,crusading for Hip Hop..Why doesn't he find the murderers of Biggie or Pac since he has so much love for this culture?Chuck Philips has an agenda

Youring
Youring

This is hype..This guy Chuck Philips is trying to get his career back.I read his long article in allhiphop..I find it interesting that he writes a full two paragraphs proving his "blackness",and love for black music,yet it's very clear he is another leech looking for a payday from Hip Hop Culture..The only History he knows,or music he seems to have knowledge of, is Tupac..Now,why would he devote his life to a story that

BRivers305
BRivers305

Where are the court transcripts you based this story on? Where is his admission? What part of the ambush did he admit to? This seems like shock story.

Rapfab
Rapfab

@hustla There was a VIBE article where he admitted it was to "discipline" him. (The names were later changed at Henchman's intimidation). I guess that meant to keep him in line, to show that he could. Who knows what goes on in the mind of a "thug in a business suit"?

Urban Flavorz
Urban Flavorz

 For reporting what happened? He had a fake FBI file and went off that. What about him saying Biggie was in Las Vegas the night of the Tupac murder and hand delivered the gun? Does he sitll beleive that?  Anybody with any hip hop knowledge would know that wasn't true.

Rapfab
Rapfab

@BRivers305 You need to press "Next page" and there there they are!!!

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