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Jimmy Henchman's Denies Role in 1994 Tupac Shakur Shooting

Lawyer: 'He categorically and emphatically denied that he had participation or role in that shooting'

June 29, 2012 10:22 AM ET
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James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond in New York.
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Former record exec and convicted drug trafficker James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond's lawyer says his client never admitted to orchestrating the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur in New York City, MTV reports.

Recent reports claimed that Rosemond confessed to playing a role in the shooting during a proffer session with prosecutors while on trial for drug charges last year. Court transcripts reportedly showed Rosemond – the former CEO of Czar Entertainment, who was arrested in Manhattan last year on charges of trafficking cocaine between Los Angeles and New York City – admitting to his involvement in the 1994 shooting while trying to secure a lighter sentence. (Proffer sessions, which typically allow suspects to confess to crimes without being prosecuted, are not a matter of public record.)

But Rosemond's attorney, Gerald Shargel, maintains that Rosemond had nothing to do with the attack on Shakur outside Manhattan's Quad Studios. "The statement by the prosecutor that Jimmy Rosemond had confessed or admitted to being involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac is totally false," Shargel told MTV. "He categorically and emphatically denied that he had participation or role in that shooting and that was clear from the outset."

Shargel added, "Anyone looking at the statements or knows of the statements would know that [Rosemond] didn't make that admission and more than didn't make the admission, he categorically, absolutely, emphatically without any qualification whatsoever denied being a part of that... We stand by it to this day."

Last year, a man named Dexter Isaac – who is currently serving a life sentence plus 30 years for murder and robbery – released a statement confessing to the 1994 shooting, alleging that Rosemond paid him $2,500 to do it. Rosemond's lawyers strenuously denied this claim at the time.

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