Journalist Chuck Phillips Removed From Court in Day Two of Jimmy Henchman’s Trial

Day two of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond’s trial Tuesday (May 15), included the removal of journalist Chuck Phillips from the Brooklyn Federal Courtroom and Rosemond’s alleged former friend, Kahlil Abdullah, laying out the blueprint for how Henchman’s alleged drug ring worked.

Rosemond, who is on trial for drug charges in what prosecutors say was an over $10 million operation, has long maintained that he’s been the target of a smear campaign by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Monday (May 14), Phillips was handed a subpoena to testify in the case. Tuesday, Phillips and Rosemond came face-to-face in court, according to AllHipHop.com.

But after Rosemond’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, saw Phillips in court Tuesday, he requested Judge Gleeson to order Phillips to leave the courtroom.

“[Gerald] Shargel used me as a red herring for the jury in his opening argument,” Phillips told AllHipHop.com. “He subpoenaed me as a witness, not for my testimony, but so he could keep me out of the courtroom and stop me from covering the trial.”

One of Phillips’ articles claimed that Rosemond was behind the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan.

But the Los Angeles Times, the paper that Phillips was writing for, laid him off and paid Rosemond a $250,000 settlement with a printed retraction in their publication.

As for Abdullah, he told the jury on Tuesday how money was packed in New York and sent to Los Angeles in the operation.

Rosemond has long been a fixture on the hip-hop scene, most recently the CEO for Czar Entertainment and rapper Game’s manager. He’s also worked with the likes of Wyclef and Akon.—Jakinder Singh