TUPAC SHAKUR'S GRIDLOCK'D PATROLLED
BY NATION OF ISLAM GUARDS
by Hank Willow, staff reporter [October
[HollywoodInvestigator.com] Louis Farrakhan's
Nation of Islam -- which reportedly hired
D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad (aka John Allen Williams) to protect
the Million Man March in October 1995 -- also provided on-set security
the following year for the Gramercy Pictures's film Gridlock'd. That's the shocking claim of an extra who
worked on the film, as told to the Hollywood Investigator.
an extra in one of the scenes shot for Gridlock'd in downtown Los Angeles," stated the extra exclusively to the Hollywood Investigator. "Most of the day I waited in the 'holding
pen' with the other extras, but I also did street scenes with [Gridlock'd stars] Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur.
some black guards on the set with red and white shoulder patches on their
jackets that had a star and crescent moon. The patches also had the
letters 'NOI.' I didn't ask anyone about those patches, but because
of what I'd heard about rappers like Tupac Shakur, and because the patches
looked Islamic, I figured 'NOI' stood for Nation of Islam."
the Nation of Islam's seal online bears its entire name, rather than merely "NOI", the seal's "white star
and crescent moon against red" otherwise matches the extra's description
of the patch as seen on the set.
Hollywood films normally provide private security guards for location shooting
(usually off-duty police officers), it's also common for stars to supplement
set security with their own personal bodyguards -- and Gridlock'd star Tupac Shakur is known to have associated with Nation Of Islam bodyguards.
A 1995 Vibe
magazine article, reprinted on an unofficial
Tupac fan site, reports that Tupac Shakur was escorted by Nation of
Islam bodyguards while attending his Manhattan trial on charges of sodomy,
sexual abuse, and weapons possession. The Vibe article is credited
to reporters Eric Berman, Rob Kenner, Ian Landau, Danyel Smith, Joe Tirella,
Josh Tyrangiel, Mimi Valdes, and Elizabeth Yow.
strangely ironic that security-conscious Hollywood has permitted Nation
of Islam bodyguards onto its sets -- especially since alleged D.C. sniper
John Allen Muhammad is now reported to have been an NOI guard.
further irony, NOI bodyguards proved ineffectual in protecting Tupac Shakur,
who was later shot
and killed in Las Vegas on September 6, 1996. He never lived
to see the 1997 release of Gridlock'd.
Gridlock'd is a gritty drama about two drug addicts (Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth) who
attempt to break free of their deadly dope habits.
Shakur's co-star, Tim Roth, was later reported
to be troubled by working with actor Charlton Heston on the 2001 remake
of the Apes because of Heston's NRA
activism and opposition to gun control.
Copyright 2002 by HollywoodInvestigator.com
Hank Willow is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who investigates Hollywood scams and Tinseltown's occult underbelly. Read about his adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches
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