Late last week, it came out that James "Henchman" Rosemond and his affiliates were using Interscope offices in a giant cross-country cocaine dealing ring. Now comes Interscope's official rebuttal: The label is assuring everyone that they had no idea that Rosemond was moving powder through the label's offices, and no Interscope employees were actually involved. Here's the label's statement:
The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported. Interscope Records has been informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices. Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record are a subject or target of the investigation. UMG and Interscope will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding this matter.
So, know this, people: Interscope didn't know that there was a drug business happening under their noses. But Interscope is still claiming responsibility for the R.E.D. Album, so there's that. [DS]