Controversial “Blaze” Editor Fired

Jesse Washington, the “Blaze” magazine editor whose tenure was marked by some stormy run-ins with the stars he covered, was fired on Tuesday.

Some believe that one of the factors in Washington’s firing was his hiring of an accused murderer as an intern, though the magazine did not reveal an official reason for the move. Montoun Hart, 27, was charged last year in the murder of Bronx schoolteacher Jonathan Levin, the son of Time-Warner Chief Gerald Levin. “Blaze” and its sister magazine “Vibe” are funded by an investment group that includes two former Time-Warner executives.

Hart’s co-defendant, Corey Arthur, was convicted of the crime, but Hart himself was acquitted last month.

Washington, who says he’s known Hart for ten years, said he was “utterly and completely betrayed” by the firing.

During his time at the helm of “Blaze,” Washington claimed that Wyclef Jean pulled a gun on him in response to a negative review, and that Puff Daddy colleague Deric “D-Dot”
Angellettie was among four men who assaulted him late last year (see “Bad Boy Producer Arrested For Assaulting Hip-Hop Magazine Editor” ). No charges were filed after the alleged Wyclef incident, but D-Dot was arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.