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Cam’ron Says Sorry For “Snitch” Comment On “60 Minutes”

Posted By on April 26, 2007

Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles has issued an apology for statements he made on a recent segment of CBS news program "60 Minutes."

Cam appeared in an interview with Anderson Cooper which aired on April 22nd. That interview was part of a larger story about how the "stop snitching" movement in hip-hop has been detrimental to murder investigations across the country.

During the program, Cam'ron expressed the view that there is no situation that would warrant a person aiding police. When Cooper questioned the Harlem rapper about his own unwillingness to cooperate with police after being shot and wounded in Washington, DC, Cam defended his actions by saying it would be bad for his business. [Find out what the streets of Harlem have to say, in this video]

Even before the show aired, Cam's comments were vilified in the press and throughout the hip-hop community.

Giles has since issued a statement related to his "60 Minutes" appearance, which further explains his behavior following the shooting and goes on to apologize for comments made on the show.

"In 2005, I was a victim of a violent crime. I was shot multiple times without provocation by two armed men who attempted to carjack my vehicle. Although I was a crime victim, I didn't feel like I could cooperate with the police investigation. Where I come from, once word gets out that you've cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I'm not saying its right, but its reality. And it's not unfounded. There's a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities," Cam'ron said via statement.

"But my experience in no way justifies what I said. Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime. Please understand that I was expressing my own personal frustration at my own personal circumstances. I in no way was intending to be malicious or harmful. I apologize deeply for this error in judgment."