Actor Michael K. Williams appeared in court in Brooklyn, New York on Monday (04Jun12) to show his support for embattled music mogul James Rosemond.
Rosemond, also known as Jimmy Henchman, has pleaded not guilty to a number of felony charges, including witness tampering, obstruction of justice and intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms (11 pounds) or more of cocaine.
Jurors at Brooklyn Federal Court began deliberating the talent manager's fate on Monday after 12 days of testimony, and Boardwalk Empire star Williams was among Rosemond's family and friends in attendance.
The actor grew up with Rosemond in Bushwick, Brooklyn and credits his childhood pal with helping him land early acting jobs as his former manager.
Williams has not been able to speak to his friend since his arrest last year (11), but claims they "made eye contact in court" and he tells the New York Daily News, "I just wanted him to know I haven't forgotten him and all the things he did for me."
Williams, also known for his role as drug kingpin Omar Little in critically-acclaimed series The Wire, admits the similarities between his character's dealings and Rosemond's real-life troubles are "ironic", but he hopes for the best for his friend.
He adds, "Even though the charges against him are horrific, I feel hopeful that he’s going to beat them."
Rosemond, who also managed the careers of rapper The Game and R&B stars Akon and Brandy, faces life in prison if convicted of the drug trafficking charges.
A verdict is expected within days.