LATEST: A New York judge has ruled that a shooting incident involving 50 CENT has no relevance in rap mogul Irv Gotti's money laundering trial.
Prosecutors attempted to include the details, claiming Gotti's convict pal KENNETH 'SUPREME' McGRIFF carried out the shooting, but Judge EDWARD KORMAN gave the Murder Inc founder's legal team the advantage by agreeing with his lawyers that the 2000 50 CENT incident was irrelevant.
The prosecutors argued that the incident showed how far McGriff would go to help his pal deal with rap rivals.
Continue reading: Judge Rules 50 Shooting Is Irrelevant In Gotti Trial
IRV 'GOTTI' LORENZO will officially request to have his federal money laundering case severed from the murder and racketeering charges surrounding other defendants on Thursday (19MAY05).
The Murder Inc boss - along with his brother CHRISTOPHER - filed a separation motion through lawyer GERALD SHARGEL on 25 April (05), arguing that their trial would be tainted in light of their co-defendants, who include convicted drug lord KENNETH 'SUPREME' McGRIFF, reports MTV NEWS.
Attorney CAROLYN POKORNY opposed the severance motion, saying the Gottis garnered funds and safety from McGriff.
Continue reading: Gotti To Request Severance This Week
Lawyers for IRVING 'IRV GOTTI' LORENZO are seeking to have the rap mogul's federal money laundering case severed from the murder and racketeering charges surrounding other defendants.
Yesterday (18MAR05), defense attorney GERALD LeFCOURT was given the greenlight by Brooklyn, New York, federal Judge EDWARD KORMAN to ask for Lorenzo's case to be separated from that of accused murderer KENNETH 'SUPREME' McGRIFF.
Federal prosecutors say they are considering whether to ask for the death penalty in the case against McGriff and two associates, Nicole Brown and DENNIS CROSBY. If that happens Korman says he will sever the non-racketeering defendants.
Continue reading: Rap Mogul Gotti Wants Case Severed
50 CENT insists he'll never end his war of words with Ja Rule and his THE INC labelmates until the company is no more.
The tough-talking New York rapper, who has been a longtime rap enemy of Ja Rule, laughs off reports of an imminent truce between the two heavyweights because he knows such a thing will only come back to attack him.
Speaking exclusively on MTV's ALL EYES ON 50 CENT: THE SEQUEL, the rap star explains, "If I let up off Murder Inc they'll linger for a little bit, people will start to feel like it's OK to like them, they get back in position and then, guess what? They wanna fight again.
Continue reading: 50 Laughs Off The Inc Truce Rumours With Fighting Talk
50 CENT is confident he can continue blasting his New York rap rivals because he outsells the best of them 11 to one.
The IN DA CLUB rapper has had a long-standing feud with Ja Rule and now he's attacking Fat Joe and Jadakiss on his new album THE MASSACRE after they sided with the Murder Inc hitmaker on his 2004 hit NEW YORK.
Fat Joe has already hit back, accusing his rival of taking too many steroids in a radio interview, but 50 has no fear of repercussions for what he has to say about the people he hates.
Continue reading: 50 Cent: 'I'm 11 Times Better Than New York Rap Rivals'
One of the alleged conspirators in the Murder Inc drug-money scandal was jailed on Thursday (17FEB05) on separate charges of gun possession.
TYRAN 'TA TA' MOORE, who had refused to cooperate with the federal investigation of record label Murder Inc and its connection to drug lord KENNETH 'SUPREME' McGRIFF, was sentenced to six years in prison, with an additional three years of supervised release, a probation-like condition which requires him to continue treatment for substance abuse, reports MTV.COM.
McGriff pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on charges of murder and racketeering on Thursday. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Continue reading: Alleged Conspirator In Murder Inc Investigation Jailed
The charges follow a three year investigation of the rap mogul's business enterprises and his links with convicted drug lord KENNETH 'SUPREME' McGRIFF, a childhood friend.
Prosecutors believe McGriff and the Lorenzos partnered up to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug profits in MURDER INC, the former name of Gotti's label.
Continue reading: Irv Gotti Surrenders To Police
Ashanti has recently rubbished speculation she's being romanced by the HOT IN HERRE star, insisting it's "just people making up their own sitcom".
But Ashanti - who's currently shooting her feature film debut Coach Carter alongside Jackson - has filled her spare time between takes with the almost ever-present rapper, and has even been fed special meals by him.
Continue reading: Jackson Confirms Nelly And Ashanti Rumours
Rhymes was shocked when he heard about Ja Rule's attack on him and decided
to take action when his eldest son asked him how his dad had incurred the
Murder Inc star's wrath.
Rhymes has now joined 50 Cent and Eminem on new rap battle anthem HAIL
MARY - a fresh attack on Ja Rule.
Continue reading: Busta Joins 50 Cent + Eminem On Ja Rule Diss
On BLACK CHILD's new mixtape - A WARRIOR'S WORDS - Rule responds to
Eminem's warning of "Ja, you'll get it too" from Eminem's track GO TO SLEEP,
which slates hip-hip star BENZINO.
"What kind of world is this when a snitch gets praise?" Ja asks, talking
about 50 Cent. He later threatens SLIM SHADY and his family, rapping the words,
"I'm hunting ya blondie," among other threats.
Continue reading: Ja Rule Attacks Eminem
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.
The show is up for 12 awards altogether.
Benedict Cumberbatch's success elsewhere could prove to be bad news for the show.
Gene Simmons has poured cold water on rumours the original KISS line up will reunite.