Phil bertelsen helped clear the names of 2 men wrongly convicted of murder Malcolm X – with a revealing documentary – and he says tears started to fall as soon as the exemptions were announced.
The director and producer behind “Who Killed Malcolm X?” A Netflix documentary joined us on Friday on “TMZ Live” and told us how Mohamed aziz reacted to the overturning of his conviction.
Phil says he shared a deep embrace with Muhammad, a stoic man reluctant to show his emotions, then came a tearful “thank you” followed by feelings of joy and relief.
It’s pretty amazing … Phil’s filming helped get the ball rolling to clear Muhammed’s names and Khalil Islam, who were convicted of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X despite the confessed assassin Thomas Hagan saying both men were innocent.
Khalil and Muhammed struggled for the assassination, coming out in the 1980s.
Phil’s documentary helped spur a new investigation, which spanned nearly 2 years, culminating with the Manhattan District Attorney on Thursday. Cy Vance overturn convictions.
Khalil passed away in 2009, so he’ll never know his name was cleared … but Phil explains why the exemption was still extremely important to the families of the two men.
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