What if Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond, isn’t a government informant after all, but the target of a smear campaign by Chuck Philips, the journalist who ruined his own reputation, by writing a farfetched expose in the Los Angeles Times charging that Biggie, Puffy and Rosemond were part of a team that orchestrated the 1994 attack on Tupac Shakur?
Since Daily News reports ran suggesting that Jimmy Henchmen aka Jimmy Rosemond was a government informant, Bossip has been contacted by several sources saying that not only are those allegations untrue — but the source of the rumors is a writer with a long simmering beef with Rosemond that stems back to the old East Coast/West Coast feud that claimed the lives of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
One source told us that former Los Angeles Times writer Chuck Phillips has been doing his best to be the undoing of Henchmen ever since his obsession with Tupac and Biggie cost him his job at the Times after he wrote a controversial piece using documents that were proven to be fabricated.
Apparently we’re not the only ones who’ve received that information either.
According to Rap Fix.com:
Last month, The NY Daily News ran a story claiming that Rosemond was a “snitch” in several court cases.
“Rosemond has given information at least three times to state and federal law enforcement officials since the mid-1990s, documents reveal,” wrote Alison Gendar in the paper. “One of Rosemond’s former lawyers even cited his repeated cooperation with the authorities in asking for leniency in a Los Angeles gun case. He noted that Rosemond’s dime-dropping helped Brooklyn prosecutors send a man to jail—exactly what the “stop snitching” campaign rails against.”
In response, hip-hop heavyweights like Wyclef Jean, Fab 5 Freddy and Eric B. of Eric B & Rakim came out in support of Rosemond, dispelling the allegations.
“I was inside the courtroom at Jimmy Rosemond’s sentencing and nothing that the NY Daily News alleges took place,” Wyclef told AllHipHop. “Looking from the outside within, the way the judge and prosecutor were beating on this man, if at any time there was such cooperation it would have been made crystal clear in the courtroom. I speak as a witness that was in the courtroom that day and it deeply saddens me that whenever we do the right thing, people want to put us on the wrong path.”
The allegations from the Daily News were echoed across blogs but now, it’s come to light that the man behind the “snitch” story may be Phillips himself.
In response to supporters of Rosemond and those that claimed the former Times writer engineered the situation, Phillips wrote an open letter to a media outlet, which has since been removed, stating that he was not behind the smear campaign against Rosemond. However, other facts have arisen.
“A source revealed Phillips has again relied on assistance from government officials to obtain information on incarcerated individuals sending letters and attempting to visit said inmates in hopes of drumming up a potential case against Rosemond,” said a representative for Rosemond in a statement. “Phillips has broadened his attacks launching a digital marketing campaign posting messages labeling Rosemond as a “snitch” on various hip-hop site message boards.
A recently published report of Phillips’ shenanigans against Jimmy Rosemond was posted on a high-profile website that resulted in an open letter response from Phillips himself the following day,” the statement continued. “The incident provides clear proof Phillips as been in the company of monitoring content on urban sites regarding Rosemond.”
In 2008, the story stating Diddy, Biggie and Rosemond knew that Tupac would be attacked resulted in the Los Angeles Times printing a lengthy apology. Less than a day after TheSmokingGun.com reported that some of the documents used by Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter Philips to corroborate his bombshell story were faked by a notorious forger, the Times admitted that the March 2008 piece was “partially based on documents that appear to have been fabricated.” Both Philips and his supervisor, Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, issued statements of apology, which was reportedly the most-read item on the Times Web site that year, clocking more than 1 million hits.
After he was fired from the Times for his previous story about Jimmy, Phillips told MTV News:
“I’ve written a lot abut this story because it fascinates me,” but claimed he wouldn’t pursue the matter further, saying, “I’ve gotten over it.”
Pretty serious allegations here. And if you’re thinking ‘Why would Chuck Phillips take on such a dangerous mission?’ there’s another weighty figure in hip-hop who figures into the equation.
Suge Knight. It’s believed that Suge is the one putting the battery in Chuck’s back when it comes to this beef.
We also received a document that supports the theory that Chuck Philips is behind the snitch rumors.
The attached document is allegedly a letter from Phillips to a federal inmate seeking information about Jimmy Henchmen. SMH.
So what do you think? Is Jimmy Henchmen being set up by Chuck Phillips? Is Suge Knight involved? How deep does this rap beef go? Does this have the potential of setting off more violence in the hip-hop community??? Who should we believe and can we believe anybody at all???