If the name Chuck Phillips sounds familiar, it’s because he’s as infamous for slinging questionable articles as Drake is for dropping love songs.
In 2008, Phillips was fired from the LA Times after alleging that Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and Czar Entertainment head Jimmy Rosemond knew that Tupac Shakur would be attacked at New York’s Quad Studios in 1994.
Now it seems that Phillips is at it again.
Last month, The NY Daily News ran a story claiming that Rosemond was a “snitch” in several court cases.
“Rosemond has given information at least three times to state and federal law enforcement officials since the mid-1990s, documents reveal,” wrote Alison Gendar in the paper. “One of Rosemond’s former lawyers even cited his repeated cooperation with the authorities in asking for leniency in a Los Angeles gun case. He noted that Rosemond’s dime-dropping helped Brooklyn prosecutors send a man to jail—exactly what the “stop snitching” campaign rails against.”
In response, hip-hop heavyweights like Wyclef Jean, Fab 5 Freddy and Eric B. of Eric B & Rakim came out in support of Rosemond, dispelling the allegations.
“I was inside the courtroom at Jimmy Rosemond’s sentencing and nothing that the NY Daily News alleges took place,” Wyclef told AllHipHop. “Looking from the outside within, the way the judge and prosecutor were beating on this man, if at any time there was such cooperation it would have been made crystal clear in the courtroom. I speak as a witness that was in the courtroom that day and it deeply saddens me that whenever we do the right thing, people want to put us on the wrong path.”
The allegations from the Daily News were echoed across blogs but now, it’s come to light that the man behind the “snitch” story may be Phillips himself.
In response to supporters of Rosemond and those that claimed the former Times writer engineered the situation, Phillips wrote an open letter to a media outlet, which has since been removed, stating that he was not behind the smear campaign against Rosemond. However, other facts have arisen.
“A source revealed Phillips has again relied on assistance from government officials to obtain information on incarcerated individuals sending letters and attempting to visit said inmates in hopes of drumming up a potential case against Rosemond,” said a representative for Rosemond in a statement. “Phillips has broadened his attacks launching a digital marketing campaign posting messages labeling Rosemond as a “snitch” on various hip-hop site message boards.
A recently published report of Phillips’ shenanigans against Jimmy Rosemond was posted on a high-profile website that resulted in an open letter response from Phillips himself the following day,” the statement continued. “The incident provides clear proof Phillips as been in the company of monitoring content on urban sites regarding Rosemond.”
In 2008, the story stating Diddy, Biggie and Rosemond knew that Tupac would be attacked resulted in the Los Angeles Times printing a lengthy apology. Less than a day after TheSmokingGun.com reported that some of the documents used by Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter Philips to corroborate his bombshell story were faked by a notorious forger, the Times admitted that the March 2008 piece was “partially based on documents that appear to have been fabricated.” Both Philips and his supervisor, Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, issued statements of apology, which was reportedly the most-read item on the Times Web site that year, clocking more than 1 million hits.