Hip-hop mogul and brow-raising businessman Marion “Suge” Knight was shot in the leg back in 2005 at an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party in Miami that musician Kanye West was hosting. At the time, police investigators did have their who-done-it suspicions, but never took anyone into custody for the shooting.
Now a federal informant has stepped forward to provide details about the attempted hit on Knight, which was allegedly ordered by former music executive and now convicted drug trafficker, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond (pictured left), according to The Smoking Gun.
The informant, who has only been identified by the moniker “CW-3” (Confidential Witness 3), reportedly told authorities that he was hired by his longtime associate Rosemond to shoot Knight. The gunman alleged that Rosemond, who was coincidentally in attendance at the party, not only paid him $10,000 but handed him a gun to use for the shooting.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown.
Rosemond was recently sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on drug trafficking charges. The once CEO of Czar Entertainment, who once represented Salt-n-Pepa, The Game, Brandy, Sean Kingston and Akon, was also accused of orchestrating the 1994 gun-for-hire shooting of Tupac Shakur at the famed Quad Studios in New York City. Shakur was shot five times and lived. The 48-year-old recording mogul finally came clean to the feds about his involvement in the Tupac Quad Studios ambush as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might have led to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors.
After the Knight shooting, the informant, who claims he was a 10-year member of Rosemond’s drug operations, fled the party along with his backer. Knight received a leg injury that required surgery to remove the bullet and repair a broken bone.
CW-3, along with other Rosemond cohorts, are expected to also testify in the 2009 murder-for-hire Lowell Fletcher case scheduled to go to trial on November 18. Fletcher was a G-Unit member, who was convicted of attacking Rosemond’s 14-year-old son. According to government documents, a cooperating witness alleged that, according to Rosemond, he would not rest until “members of G-Unit were ‘carrying a coffin.’”
Besides the Fletcher murder, the witnesses will reportedly be drilled on the witness stand on other violent acts that were allegedly ordered by Rosemond. According to prosecutors, “Rosemond entrusted the Government’s witnesses to do his violent dirty work.”
As far as CW-3 and his being allegedly hired to shoot Knight, government lawyers contend that the incident “is crucial to show the strong and trusting relationship between CW-3 and Rosemond that ultimately led Rosemond to include CW-3 in his conspiracy to assault and kill members of G-Unit,” according to The Smoking Gun.
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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