An attorney for James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond is pushing back against claims made in a recent article about his client.
Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Conner takes issue with XXL publishing a piece titled
“Today in Hip-Hop: 2Pac Attacked at Quad Studios in New York City”
which states Rosemond confessed to the shooting of Tupac Shakur.
The article asserts an associate of Rosemond named Dexter Isaacs admitted to carrying out the attack against 2Pac in 1994.
The article also states that Henchman admitted to setting up the hit in 2012.
According to Maffeo, Rosemond never made an admission to being involved in that crime and unequivocally denies confessing to any such crimes against Shakur.
Maffeo states: The allegation that James Rosemond “confessed” to shooting Tupac is completely false.
There is no foundation for it in any of the documents I have reviewed as Jim’s criminal lawyer, and any statement otherwise is just another attempt to recirculate a baseless rumor that should have been laid to rest years ago.
Mr. Rosemond specifically reserves all of his legal rights and remedies in the event of any further publication.
Rosemond’s legal team believes the rumor he admitted to being involved in the Pac shooting was sparked by U.S. Prosecutor Sonya Dayanda mentioning the incident during a sidebar with Judge John Gleeson and not in open court.
Reportedly, Dayanda apologized to Rosemond’s former attorney Gerald Shargall for the mishap immediately afterwards.
In addition, Rosemond sued the Los Angeles Times for publishing fake documents and false allegations in 2008.
The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount and an apology was issued to Rosemond.
L.A. Times reporter Chuck Phillips’ story claiming Rosemond, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant, and James “Jimmy” Sabatino conspired to shoot 2Pac as retribution for not signing with Bad Boy Records was based on fake FBI documents.
The newspaper was forced to retract the article.
Maffeo contends the allegations published on the XXL website are “whole-heartedly false” and damaging to Rosemond and his family.
He adds his client will not hesitate to proceed with a lawsuit for damages.
Rosemond’s lawyer is also paying close attention to the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic for any mentions that his client was involved in the 94 shooting.
Legal action against the producers of the film is an option as well.