Former Hip-Hop Mogul Rosemond Charged With Arranging Murder

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Even when the man they called “Jimmy Henchman” was on trial earlier this month for running a cocaine ring, his ties to the feud that led to the murders of two hip-hop legends preceded him. On Friday, Manhattan officials charged James Rosemond with arranging the murder of an associate of the rapper 50 Cent. On June 5, Rosemond was convicted in a Brooklyn federal court of peddling millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Rosemond, 47, was indicted for conspiring with five other men to kill the associate, Lowell Fletcher, in 2009. “This has not been a good month for Jimmy the Henchman,” Raymond W. Kelly, the New York police commissioner, said in a statement.

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Hip-Hop Talent Agent Rosemond Faces More Federal Charges

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Federal prosecutors in New York unveiled new and potentially damaging charges against hip hop talent agent James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, indicting him for allegedly possessing a sub-machine gun and silencer.

Rosemond already faces drug trafficking charges that were announced in June, but the new allegations come in an expanded superseding indictment that includes the weapons violations.


“It adds several gun charges,” Assistant US Attorney Todd Kaminsky told a federal judge today, referring to the new indictment.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors are accusing the music impresario of illegally possessing a Mac-11 sub-machine gun and a Ruger 9mmm semi-automatic pistol.

If convicted of these new charges, it would be bad news for Rosemond – who officials say has at least one prior felony conviction.

Under federal law, possession of either a machine gun or a firearms silencer in connection with a drug crime carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The guns were seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during searches at several of Rosemond’s properties, officials said.

To help fight these new charges, Rosemond appeared today in Brooklyn federal court with some high-powered additions to his legal defense team.

The hip hop guru has hired Gerald Shargel, a prominent New York defense attorney whose past clients have included Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, as well as business and entertainment figures.

During the hearing today before Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn federal court, Rosemond pleaded not guilty to the new gun charges.

After the hearing, Shargel said he plans an aggressive trial strategy.

“I intend to represent and defend Mr. Rosemond vigorously,” Shargel said.

Rosemond is being held in a New York federal detention center, where he’s awaiting trial.

He was arrested earlier this summer and charged with using his music business as cover for his transcontinental narcotics empire.

Federal prosecutors originally indicted Rosemond on money laundering and obstruction of charges – as well as an additional charge that he ran a criminal enterprise while smuggling kilos of cocaine in music industry equipment packing cases from Los Angeles to New York.

The 46-year-old owner of Czar Entertainment, who manages singers Brandy and Akon, has pleaded not guilty to the drug trafficking allegations.

The Game’s Manager, Jimmy Rosemond, Turns Himself In To The FEDs

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The Game’s manager, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, turned himself in to the FEDs yesterday (May 23) for his alleged involvement in a cocaine drug ring. The Czar Entertainment Co-CEO manages a slew of talent like Sean Kingston, Brandy, Akon and Mike Tyson; he recently came forward in an interview with XXLmag.com on the matter:

“With the Name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful I have decided to break my silence to address slanderous media once and for all. Firstly, I want to apologize to every music artist and executive I’ve worked with. In addition, I apologize to my family and friends who have had to endure this horrible situation.

The events over the past week, to say the least, have caught me off guard. Although I have been aware of an investigation-taking place over the last four years, I was never informed that an arrest warrant had been issued in my name. I first learned about that warrant through the media when the news was released last week.

The purpose of this statement is not to assert some kind of grandiose conspiracy theory, but I will state some facts. These prosecutors have already begun my trial through the media and I’m releasing this statement in order to set the record straight. I just want a fair trial. I came up from nothing and made some mistakes early in my life of which I have already served time. Since then I have worked hard to establish my career in the music industry only to be targeted by these opportunistic prosecutors with a personal vendetta against me.

I would like to expose the two prosecutors spearheading this slanderous and trumped up case against me. The first, prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, is a 33-year-old White hip-hop head that if he weren’t a lawyer he would probably be a member of the Beastie Boys. Second, Carolyn Porkony, who failed in convicting the Murder Inc. Irv Gotti brothers on, trumped up charges of money laundering. Both have a personal stake in pursuing me and will stop at nothing to bring down an innocent man.


I have endured slanderous media for quite some time. Last year, in their frustration, they employed Chuck Phillips and the Daily News to write baseless stories in the media saying I was a snitch (but never mentioned or produced one person I ‘snitched’ on) to hopefully get people to start cooperating with their bogus investigation. Chuck Phillips started a campaign against me and wrote dozens of letters to inmates serving considerable time in federal prison begging them to cooperate. When those tactics didn’t work, they subpoenaed every person that knew me or worked with me in the music industry, including my accountants, lawyers, secretary, etc.

What compels me to expose this is that I know if I don’t I will not get a fair trial. Todd Kaminsky is hanging his hat on this case and has gone beyond his office to make sure he sensationalizes this to propel himself to some high-end law firm or political office. This is obvious from the deals he has already given his ‘witnesses’ to testify against me. Henry “Black” Butler, a known rolling 60’s gang member, and wife Leah Daniels who are Kaminsky’s star ‘witnesses’ were arrested with drugs and machine guns in Los Angeles. Butler was promised five years and his wife got her case dismissed in exchange for implicating me in their operation. I know nothing of Butler’s criminal activities and was never involved with him concerning those criminal activities. I just know him as a self-proclaimed gangbanger who told jokes all the time and worked for Loud Records in the 90’s. They leaked all this false information about me to the media and left out the truth that Henry Butler denied my involvement until he was promised a reduced sentence of five years if he included me in his operations. There’s absolutely no evidence that supports my involvement in any of this, yet I have been implicated with someone I have no associations with. Through our own investigations, we have compiled a lot of information that proves the prosecutors are overly zealous and aggressive, not to mention unconstitutional. They gave witnesses immunity and have gone as far as to threaten individuals with indictments if they didn’t talk to them about me and corroborate their tales. For instance, Ali “Zo” Adam, whose serving 18 years was offered a lesser sentence and the witness protection program if he testified against me. He refused saying he couldn’t live with the lie but admitted he was tempted by the offer. Many were tempted with the prospect of freedom and hence a case with no evidence was born against me. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE.

Khalil Abdullah’s indictment was leaked in the media as well. I never saw my name on that indictment, and I don’t know what I have to do with whatever he’s been indicted for. Up to now I don’t know what I may be charged with or what crime I’ve committed. For the last 10 years I’ve dedicated myself to servicing the music community but because of my so-called ‘checkered past’, I’ve become an easy target for prosecutors Todd Kaminsky and Carolyn Porkony, not to mention fiction writers like Chuck Phillips and his Daily News cohorts.

If the government is relying on informants like Winston “Winnie” Harris, a convicted drug dealer and Jamaican deportee, who came to me and motioned via hand signal that he was forced to wear a wire and begged me to skip town or Dexter Isaac who is serving life in prison plus 30 years then I’m sure I will not be offered a fair trial. Where’s the real proof that I have committed these crimes? I just want my fair trial and to not be railroaded as they so eagerly want to do.

A fair trial is afforded by the constitution and witnesses should be forthright without pressure or duress. That’s all I want and I’ll turn myself in today.

Again, I apologize to my peers, artists and family for being subjected to all of this.”

Rosemond’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said, ”Although a federal prosecutor told me that there is an arrest warrant out, [but] they refuse to provide me with the warrant or a copy of the charges.”

This latest brush with the law adds on to Rosemond’s colorful past; he’s been imprisoned during the ‘90s and was charged with gun possession in Los Angeles a few years ago. Last year, Rosemond was exposed as a state and federal police informant dating back to the mid-90s. In the court documents, Rosemond’s attorneys asked for leniency in his weapon’s charge case because he helped Brooklyn prosecutors send a man to jail.

He received a lot of backlash in the Hip-Hop Community because of his alleged snitching — something viewed negatively on the Rap scene.

Rosemond’s client, The Game, released an album entitled Stop Snitchin/Stop Lyin in 2005 voicing his hatred towards anyone helping law enforcement officials. Rosemond denies ever cooperating with officials on any case and staunchly proclaims his innocence in the drug ring conspiracy.

Czar Entertainment was in the midst of filming Dead Presidents 2 and Cookout 2 before Rosemond’s legal problems began. Czar Entertainment couldn’t be reached for questioning and the charges remain undisclosed at this time.

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