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The Daily News ran a story on Sept. 13 stating that Rosemond supplied the authorities with inside information on at least three occasions, including a jailbreak plot in 1996, while incarcerated in North Carolina on drug and weapons charges. The story further alleges that Rosemond was praised for his "willingness" to be "debriefed by state and federal prosecutors and agents in New York in 1997 and 1998 regarding historical criminal investigations," in exchange for leniency.
Rosemond's attorney denied the allegations that his client, a key proponent of the "stop snitching" movement which has plagued hip hop for the past decade, has ever cooperated with the authorities. "[Rosemond] met with [federal prosecutors] for a single session, but there are plenty of reasons people meet with prosecutors," his attorney told the Daily News. "His lawyer at the time inflated what happened in an attempt to get a better sentence, and it didn't work."
According to the suit filed, the Czar Entertainment CEO seeks monetary damages from the Daily News and reporter Chuck Philips for "libel arising from the Daily News' September 13, 2010 publication of a misleading and false investigative report, entitled 'You don't say? No-snitch advocate exposed an informant.' First Cause Of Action: Defamation. Second Cause Of Action: Negligent Infliction Of Emotional Distress."
This is not the first time journalist Chuck Philips has been the center of a scandal regarding a controversial story about Rosemond; he was allegedly fired by the Los Angeles Times back in 2008, after penning a story claiming that Rosemond, Diddy and Biggie were all aware of the infamous planned attack on Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios, which left the rapper hospitalized.