Like a lot of people, Derrick Avery dreamt of making it big in entertainment, but unlike most, his dream actually came true, to an extent. Now, that dream has turned into a nightmare, for him and all those close to him as the Federal Government attempts to put him behind bars for the rest of his life; on an attempted pandering charge. Their evidence? The alleged conversational exchange on May 7, 2007 between himself and an undercover female Vice Officer at Las Vegas‘ Mandalay Bay Casino and the extensive catalogue of documentary film coverage in which Mr. Avery is portrayed as Pimp Snooky; namely the films Pimps Up, Ho’s Down (HBO/Brent Owens), American Pimp (Hughes Bros.) and the British documentary, Pimp Snooky (Clive Gordon). So what’s the problem you ask? If Derrick Avery is a self-proclaimed pimp and he attempted to recruit an undercover officer into working for him; a charge he denies; let him go to jail.
Well, Derrick Avery aka Pimp Snooky, who now goes by the name of Mr. Marjani, claims that he was paid by the filmmakers of the above mentioned documentaries to play a fabricated character and that none of it, however realistic it may seem, actually happened. According to Mr. Marjani, the ‘ho’s‘ documented in the films that were attributed to him were actually the mothers of his children, some of them ex-exotic dancers but not one of whom has a prostitution charge that he is aware of and that it was all staged; including his winning of the “Pimp of the Year” Award in 1998 at a Player’s Association Ball. He says that he will have a list of credible witnesses to testify to that fact at his trial, the date for which is currently June 8, 2009.
Further, the maximum penalty for ‘pandering without force‘ (Mr. Avery was originally charged with pandering and the charge was reduced to attempted pandering) in Las Vegas is four years (source – http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/mar/20/pimps-metros-coming-you/ ) so why are the Feds trying to lock him up for life? There is nothing in the accusing Vice Officer’s statements to allege that force of any kind was used in their encounter, or even suggested (the maximum penalty for pandering using force is 5 years). According to Mr. Avery and his attorneys, the main body of evidence being used to build the case for a life sentence is the character he has become infamous for; Pimp Snooky.
Does Derrick Avery mean to imply that the Pimp Snooky character he portrayed is a sympathetic one? He does not. He simply wants it known that it was indeed just that, a ‘character’ – a role, albeit a despicable one, he played in films for money; played so well it seems that he faces the very real possibility of a life behind bars.
Hindsight being 20/20, Mr Marjani expresses his regrets about the choices he has made. “I realize now that all the money I made was not worth the problems I am having 13 years later. Pimp Snooky was just a character that I played. I was always a ‘Mack’ but I am not a pimp. I want the world to know this. My friends, associates and family are being harrassed to testify against me strictly based off of a character.”
When asked by Don Diva magazine‘s Lesslie Moore in a recent interview, “What do you want people to take from this?” Mr Marjani replied simply, “I am not a pimp. Pimp Snooky was a character in which I played. I was not then, nor was I ever a pimp. I also want people to be informed and educated about the things you do in life. They can come back to haunt you”
-Nancy S, OGPR in Houston, Texas, email@example.comUpdated: May 14, 2009