Suge Knight Files A Law Suit Claiming Dr. Dre Tried To Have Him Killed In 2014
Twenty five years ago, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre were business partners at the burgeoning Death Row Records. Two Compton, California natives came together as manager and artist to build one of modern music’s largest empires, in less than five years. Today (October 24), Suge and his lawyers sued Dr. Dre, claiming Dre tried to kill him.
In August of 2014, Knight was shot between six and seven times in the abdomen at a Chris Brown party in Los Angeles, California. The party was a the nightclub 1 Oak. In a new lawsuit seeking potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, Knight accuses Dre of orchestrating the shooting that the former music mogul survived.
According to TMZ, the lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department questioned a man known as “T-Money” about the shooting. The witness reportedly told investigators he was paid by Dr. Dre to kill Knight. The suit contends that despite the club’s 37 cameras, no arrests were made surrounding Money’s report.
According to the suit, due to this incident, Knight acted brashly in January of 2015 when he was involved in a violent altercation with Cle “Bone” Sloan and Terry Carter in Compton. After Knight visited the filming location of Straight Outta Compton, reportedly without invitation, he was allegedly confronted by Sloan and Carter at nearby Tam’s Burgers restaurant. There, after a physical altercation—reportedly involving a gun on at least one man, Knight fled the scene in his Ford Raptor pickup truck. Upon doing so, Knight ran over both men—killing Carter in the process and severely injuring Sloan. Knight, who survived a drive-by shooting just inches away from Tupac Shakur (who subsequently died) in 1996, says he acted in self-defense. The family of Terry Carter—a former manager of Tha Eastsidaz and other West Coast Gangsta Rap acts, has asked those interested to watch the gruesome footage of the 2015 incident. Knight has been charged with murder, and is presently on trial. He remains incarcerated, and if convicted, could face life in prison. Early in the process, Knight was represented by former Death Row executive David Kenner, who worked closely with Dre in the 1990s.
Knight’s latest lawsuit alleges that Dr. Dre and Straight Outta Compton studios’ Universal paid Cle “Bone” Sloan $300,000 to have him killed. Knight was depicted in the film, without his consent—presumably causing the industry veteran to appear on the set.
The same lawsuit argues that Knight is entitled to 30% of Dr. Dre’s earnings due to a contract they established in the 1990s. That would include substantial revenue from Beats By Dre, Aftermath Entertainment, and Straight Outta Compton, among other ventures. At the time of the allegedly binding contract, in addition to their label partnership, Knight served as Andre Young’s business manager. Previously, he began his career doing security for Bobby Brown, and eventually, N.W.A. In 1996, Dr. Dre would leave Death Row to launch Aftermath Entertainment. According to reports, the producer/Rap star forfeited his stake in the label and his master recordings with the label to leave the imprint which then included Tupac, Snoop, and Tha Dogg Pound.
Cle “Bone” Sloan and Dre previously worked together (with Snoop Dogg) in the film Training Day.
Dr. Dre’s legal staff told TMZ the same day the suit went public, “Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious prosecution insurance.”
Both men have children with former Death Row artist and Dre protege Michel’le. This month, the songstress presented her biopic as Surviving Compton on the Lifetime network.